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Based on 22 Reviews
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  • 25
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Besson is a pro when it comes to action movies, but this part live, part animation effort is a mess, highlighted by creepy animation, derivative plot points and a child star who speaks way too fast. show more

  • 38
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    What a mess. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Luc Besson, a sort of French version of Steven Spielberg without the intuition, has tried a lot of genres in his young career and has had his greatest success with slick action films like "The Fifth Element" and "La Femme Nikita." Animated movies for kids he should stay away from. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The result isn't an unpalatable pudding but rather a fair-to-middling children's film that is half CG-animation and half live-action. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    The movie--while it doesn't knock you out--doesn't self-destruct either. Besson may never rise to the level of his best American models here, but it's fun watching him try. show more

  • 63

    Ultimately, Besson has made an interesting, if shaky in places, homage to childhood. show more

  • 50
    Peter Debruge Miami Herald

    This inventive family movie sets up the most delightful premise, then squanders it on the kind of yawn-inducing CG adventure you might expect from one of those long, plot-heavy cut scenes that slow down video games. show more

  • 50
    Angel Cohn TV Guide

    This is director Luc Besson's first attempt at combining animation with live-action, and while the look of the film is impressive, he should have focused more of his efforts on fleshing out the script that he adapted from two of his own "Arthur" books. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Arthur and the Invisibles may be a tale for children, but it's got the bad habits of a profligate adult -- the thing borrows shamelessly from its betters and then pretends to be self-sustaining. show more

  • 38
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Watching Arthur and the Invisibles is like sticking your head in a Gallic pinball machine: It's hectic, technically impressive, and your skull starts to pound after a while. show more

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