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One woman decides to change the world by changing the lives of the people she knows in this charming and romantic comic fantasy from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Amelie (Audrey Tautou) is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood; misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amelie didn't attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she developed a keen imagination and an active fantasy life. Her mother Amandine (Lorella Cravotta) died in a freak accident when Amelie was eight, and her father Raphael (Rufus) had limited contact with her, since… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"It is a tour de force of a bauble, if such a thing can exist."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"How far should we trust a plea for benevolence when it feels like a box of tricks?"
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"It's all very charming, often amusing, and there is hardly a dull moment."
‑ Philip Kerr, New Statesman
"Not only is it a fawning love letter to the City of Light where it was shot, but the film is based on the comforting premise that the big city is just a small town when folks get to know each other."
‑ Tom Gliatto, People Magazine
"Jeunet superbly uses the film's comedic aspects to illuminate the characters, and his occasional flights of fancy only enhance Amélie's magical aura."
‑ Serena Donadoni, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Jeunet has succeeded at drawing us inside his head; the question is, do we want to be there?"
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Chicago Reader
"Amelie contains enough material for a dozen or so charming shorts, but stretched to feature length, the whimsy grows wearisome, and the film delights far less than it seems to desire."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"It's not the deepest movie of the season, but it has sprightly performances and cinematic style to spare."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"This is as deliciously romantic and ingeniously mischievous as cinema gets."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"For such a whimsical film to work, there needs to be something substantial at its center, some grounded character or central conflict. All Amelie has is the lightest, most insubstantial of souffles. And who can stomach an entire meal of that?"
‑ Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun
"It's hard not to fall under the spell of this moonstruck romance."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Underlying the directorial derring-do is an enduring truth: Love really can conquer all."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"Tautou is a remarkable young actress. Her wide-eyed, gamine look, reminiscent of a young Audrey Hepburn or Leslie Caron, gives Amelie an innocence and vulnerability that is so essential to make the story work."
‑ Louis B. Hobson, Jam! Movies
"The rarest of cinematic rarities -- a schmaltz-free feelgooder which doesn't just make you feel good, but reminds you that true love can exist and that beauty can be found in even the most seemingly mundane of places."
‑ , Total Film
"Like the leading character, Amelie is still an absolute delight."
‑ , Film4
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