The City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jeunet and Caro have distinctive signatures like nobody else's."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"The City of Lost Children gets so caught up in its own weirdness that it all but shuts out the viewer."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The production values are extraordinary."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"The look of The City of Lost Children is worthy of a dropped jaw or three."
‑ Dan Webster, Spokesman-Review (Washington)
"Directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro have created a genuine phantasmagoria, and each of the film's stunning set pieces is more wildly imaginative than the last."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"On visual terms alone, The City of Lost Children is something of a masterpiece, using state-of-the-art physical, optical and digital special effects to stretch cinematic boundaries."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"An empty triumph of overkill set design and weirdo casting."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"The City of Lost Children showcases dazzling art direction that takes cinematic expressionism to new heights."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"For those who thought films could do nothing new, prepare to be surprised."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"The City Of Lost Children is as great a film as you thought Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was when you were five years old."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Essentially, The City of Lost Children is a macabre fairy tale, and while its tentacled comic-book plot and freak-show cast narrow its appeal -- this isn't a work of any allegorical depth -- Caro and Jeunet have pulled off a cinematic delight."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Set in a wondrously seedy waterfront world populated with runaway children and grotesque, sinister adults, it glistens with dense fantasies, technological feats that make the catch-phrase "state of the art" seem antique."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"One of the most fantastic (in the literal sense) films to have emerged from Europe in the past 50 years; a masterpiece of dark invention."
‑ , Film4
"This delirious film is overflowing with energy and effects, but it lacks the heart and soul that would have made it important as well as impressive."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Bizarre, beautiful French sci-fi with creepy images, themes."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media

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