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Tuesday, 9 October, 2001, 14:58 GMT 15:58 UK
Amelie: Press reviews
Amelie, played by Audrey Tautou
Amelie is too sickly sweet for some
Press reviews of Amelie.

The Independent

By the end, even [actress Audrey] Tautou's unassuming presence has become slightly maddening. Why this infantilist tripe should have stormed the French box office is a mystery, though one can be certain its promoters hope for it do the same over here. You have been warned.

The Guardian

Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's lavish, hyperactive, romantic whimsy is now the gooiest dish on the cinema menu. You will need a very sweet tooth to take it. In fact, you may need a tooth of pure sucrose, not to mention gums of marzipan and a jawbone of sherbet.

The Observer

You can't believe in, or identify with, Jeunet's Montmartre. Too lushly perfect: a 20 franc panoramic postcard. You can't shed even a smear of glycerine for Amelie as she comes shining through. She's an object, not a subject of sympathy. Every damned character in every damned corner of the screen is just that, a character pushed to the extremes of stereotype. Jeunet, as he did in Delicatessen, has created his own universe and populated it. The difficulty is that, after a while, you ache for a moment's reality.

The Times

The fact that Amelie's love interest is played by Kassovitz, who directed the remarkable La Haine (1995), an infinitely grittier portrayal of Paris, proves that even the fiercest champions of social realism can relish such a beguiling scrapbook of succulent images, glittering jokes and vivid caricatures.

London Evening Standard

Amelie doesn't ask you to take anything remotely seriously. It's old-fashioned nostalgia dressed up to the nines, virginal but not prissily so, endowed with the pure-of-heart quality that was once the patented product of Audrey Hepburn. In a word, it's simply there to amuse. Just sit back, take it as it comes. It doesn't come with more charm.

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