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comedy, romance

Nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Original Screenplay, this magical comedy met overwhelming acclaim nationwide. A painfully shy waitress working at a tiny Paris café, Amelie makes a surprising discovery.

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common sense

ON for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
4 out of 5
0 out of 5

Thoughtful, charming for 16+.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that while the movie is like a fairy tale, there are some graphic moments. One character works in a porn shop, and we see him surrounded by sex toys. There are comic but explicit sexual situations. There is a reference to suicide and a child's mother is killed in an accident.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why Amlie wants to help people from a distance and is reluctant to show herself to the man who attracts her. Why do so many people need outside help to find happiness? Is there someone you would like to help?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Anyone who loves movies will have no defense against the seductions of Amelie -- either the film or the young woman.

- Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee, Friday, November 9, 2001


- Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News, Friday, August 9, 2002


- Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic, Wednesday, December 5, 2001

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Amelie is a young woman who grew up with only her emotionally challenged parents for company, and now lives in a world which is a combination of fantasy and vicarious experience as she touches the lives of those around her. Amelie is also a the kind of film that reminds you why you fell in love with cinema in the first place; and not just because Audrey Tautou is so adorable I could eat her up with a dessert spoon. Well, not entirely anyway. Some may be shocked to hear that I'm not exactly a fan of romances, but this is bittersweet, funny and touching in a way all romance aspires to but very few achieve; it's one of those films that's life affirming in a way that makes you feel like your life is richer for having seen it. Compared to this, the likes of Eternal Sunshine and its ilk are like inebriated, club-footed bullocks with poor depth perception crashing around in an existential china shop. Chock full of beautiful images and sounds, thought provoking and utterly enchanting, and an instant favourite. Just see it; your life will be better for it...

- garyX, Thursday, March 1, 2012

5 stars

A fantastically written, shot and edited film with something for everyone. It keeps you interested throughout the film, wondering which way it's going to turn next. You're never sure they're going to have a happy ending which keeps the tension and believability of the film. Brilliant performance by Tautou and just such a great watch that you can see it again and again and still find out something new. A must-see.

- StarCrossedVoyager, Wednesday, February 22, 2012

5 stars

Don't know how I missed this film for so long because it's become my favorite film. It's like Tim Burton but French, French, here, meaning "better."

- djdemersseman, Saturday, January 7, 2012