It is a tour de force of a bauble, if such a thing can exist.
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News, 2014-04-09
It's hard not to fall under the spell of this moonstruck romance.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2014-04-09
Underlying the directorial derring-do is an enduring truth: Love really can conquer all.
Christy Lemire, Associated Press, 2014-04-09
The result is hip nostalgia, a postmodern fairy tale in which faith is replaced by predestination or simple luck, and the universe proves, against all odds, to be a place of kindness and abiding love.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, 2011-06-25
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's fresh, funny, exquisitely bittersweet tour de force, about a lass who makes sly incursions into the lives of her neighbors, is ambitious yet intimate.
Lisa Nesselson, Variety, 2010-07-06
The film is all the more interesting for remaining an eccentric one-of-a-kind that feels every bit the product of its writer-director's unique sensibility and worldview.
David Jenkins, Time Out, 2006-02-09
Jeunet lets the pacing lag a bit in spots, but Amelie's spirit never wanes. Even when her good deeds have negative results, her heart is in the right place. The same can be said for this movie.
Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2002-11-06
Treacle this elaborately inventive deserves some kind of blue ribbon.
Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture, 2002-01-22
Tautou is gloriously alive in the title role.
Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel, 2001-11-16
A blast of pure movie bliss, a hilarious, imaginative and exhilarating love letter to the romantic in all of us.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2001-11-15
The sunniest face and the greatest acclaim belong to Audrey Tautou, who is new to these shores. A delight in the title role, she's like a young Audrey Hepburn, making us laugh and feel empathy without feeling manipulated.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2001-11-09
There's so much here, and all of it delightful.
Desson Thomson, Washington Post, 2001-11-09
A delectable French confection... sure to please America's sweet tooth.
Rita Kempley, Washington Post, 2001-11-09
I love watching movies that sweep me into a magical, happier place, and leave me with an all's-right -with- the-world contentment. Amelie did just that.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2001-11-09
A movie whose embrace of cinema is so passionate it could be mistaken for an embrace of life.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2001-11-09
So terrific it might single-handedly rescue the 'feel-good movie' from the garbage heap of overused and discredited phrases.
Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle, 2001-11-09
Jeunet has succeeded at drawing us inside his head; the question is, do we want to be there?
Ronnie Scheib, Chicago Reader, 2014-04-09
How far should we trust a plea for benevolence when it feels like a box of tricks?
Anthony Lane, New Yorker, 2014-04-09
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, 2014-04-09
A frenetic bore that insists on its audience's adoration while making no demands upon their intelligence.
Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly, 2002-06-01