REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Amélie” Opened with a ShowScore of 72

Show-Score | Apr 4, 2017
“Amélie,” with music by Daniel Messé, lyrics by Messé and Nathan Tysen, and directed by Pam MacKinnon, opened on April  3, 2017 in New York City. “Amélie,” with music by Daniel Messé, lyrics by Messé and Nathan Tysen, and directed by Pam MacKinnon, opened on April 3, 2017 in New York City.


32 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 57.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 60
"It is pleasant to look at, easy to listen to and oddly recessive. It neither offends nor enthralls...'Amélie' the musical seems to have no nationality, or sensibility, to call its own...All credit to this show’s creative team, overseen by the director Pam MacKinnon, for giving coherent life to a tale that exists as much in Amélie’s imagination as in anywhere else...That the show’s creators are aware of the potential dangers of cloying cuteness probably accounts for its seeming so subdued."
Charles Isherwood
Broadway News
ShowScore: 75
"Soo almost single-handedly transforms this sugar-rich, gossamer adaptation of the popular French movie into an emotionally rewarding evening...The show does not condescend to the material, instead choosing to embrace its assorted oddities full-heartedly, even adding some of its own...MacKinnon’s status as a relative newcomer to musicals reveals itself in the somewhat cramped staging...Fortunately, front and center for most of the musical’s modest duration is the luminous Soo."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 60
"A tepid take on a much bolder film. Suffering from a derivative score, it features a main character who doesn't seem fully present in her own story...Director MacKinnon does capture the playful editing of the movie with her cinematic and inventive production..Not an unpleasant way to spend two hours; it's just not that memorable. Between its blandly whimsical score and inoffensively quirky love story, we cannot shake the feeling that we've seen this show before."

“Amelie” was also reviewed by Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly, Diane Snyder of The Telegraph (UK), Michael Bracken of Theater Pizzazz, Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Christopher Kelly of, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Linda Winer of Newsday, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Windman of AM New York, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK), Marilyn Stasio of Variety, and David Cote of Time Out New York.


The show was also reviewed by 254 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 75.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Delightful, Quirky, Great singing, Enchanting, Disappointing

Teagan R, ShowScore: 78
See it if…"You enjoy the French film, want to get caught up in whimsy or enjoy a romantic, charming story." 
Don't see it if…"You are looking for a perfect show! It's a little show but so is the movie."
Alison F 6125, ShowScore: 82
See it if…"You enjoyed the movie or want a lighthearted show. Phillipa Soo does not disappoint. Stays true to the movie. Cute show. At times funny." 
Don't see it if…"You want a revelation. Maybe I'm spoiled by this show's contemporaries, but I was expecting a little more je ne sais quoi."
Caroline 6067, ShowScore: 69
See it if…"You like whimsy and are looking to escape. Very funny and well done, but definitely not the most captivating story line."  
Don't see it if…"You have a small bladder. 1:40 with no intermission. You are looking for something serious or plot driven."

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