The City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus)
The City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus) (1995)

In a futuristic city, a daemonic scientist named Krank kidnaps children to tap into their dreams.

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 15, 1995
DVD Release Date: October 19, 1999
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Not all of its many intriguing ideas are developed, but The City of Lost Children is an engrossing, disturbing, profoundly memorable experience.

Michael Sragow
New Yorker

Jeunet and Caro have distinctive signatures like nobody else's.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The City of Lost Children gets so caught up in its own weirdness that it all but shuts out the viewer.

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Michael Jaconelli
The Skinny

A strange and inventive blend of fairy tale, dreams and steampunk stylings that doesn't quite hold together but is nevertheless a treat to behold.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

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.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

An empty triumph of overkill set design and weirdo casting.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It feels like concept art come to life.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

City of Lost Children is unmistakably of its era: filled with oddball artifacts, and itself quite pointedly an oddball artifact, seeking approval on those very terms.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
This was a strange one but it had Ron Perlman in it and thats an automatic two stars!! A very strange little film that took me a while to get figured out but… More
EightThirty .
02/01/2011 (DVD) A very strange but interesting watch. The performances are outstanding by both adults and children and what a weirdly but fantastic world.… More
Jim Hunter
When a scientist kidnaps a brute's sister, he must join a group of urchins to retrieve her. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, one of our most imaginative and interesting… More
Dead Angel
This was strange. It's sort of like a fairy tale. The story sounded really good. But I felt okay (and sometimes bored) while watching this.
Carlos Magalhães
This lumpy steampunk dark fable is a perfect example of too much style over substance, offering us astonishing visuals, a beautiful soundtrack and spectacular… More
Lewis C.
"We're really starting to get attached." Some parts of The City of Lost Children worked better for me than others, but it's undeniable that… More