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Phantom Boy Reviews

October 21, 2016
It has an interesting premise and seems to be about the dark subject of death and childhood, but then backs out nervously towards cops'n'robbers banality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 20, 2016
It's an entertaining romp, which for me had weird, engaging echoes with Richard Linklater's Waking Life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 18, 2016
Frequently beautiful to look at, but the cops-and-robbers angle feels tired.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 29, 2016
Missing is the narrative and emotional cohesiveness that would likely have led to [Phantom Boy] being [more] engaging and memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 29, 2016
Adults should get a kick out of Phantom Boy's sly humour but the story and the action is for the kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 29, 2016
Phantom Boy will appeal to children who have the patience and imagination to immerse themselves in the film's wiggly animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 28, 2016
The story gets a tad too busy at times, but visually Phantom Boy is delightful, cloaked in the same imagination as director Jean-Loup Felicioli's and Alain Gagnol's previous Oscar-nominated animation, A Cat in Paris.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 28, 2016
There's an appealing quaintness to the storytelling that calls to mind the Tintin books of the artist and writer Hergé, especially that series's old-world charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 28, 2016
"Phantom Boy" is a quiet, peaceful little animated film, arriving just in time as a salve for a noisy, angry world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 22, 2016
A modest, engaging film that reminds viewers of the intimate pleasures of drawn animation in an era of CG blockbusters.
July 20, 2016
It's still something distinctive and different in a sea of shiny mirrors, all reflecting the same slick CGI style back at each other.
July 15, 2016
The film can be smothered by the obligations of its plot, but it's still beautiful and original, extremely funny, and sometimes very moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 14, 2016
Instead of maintaining an effervescent fizzle, "Phantom Boy" too frequently sputters piffle.
July 14, 2016
Once again the filmmakers bring a design sense and a set of storytelling influences unlike anything happening in feature-length cartoons today.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 12, 2016
Phantom Boy may fall at the other end of the spectrum from super-polished DreamWorks and Pixar product, but the directors' impressionistic touch won't seem so alien to fans of Cartoon Network and Nicktoons series.
July 12, 2016
Taking their old-school animated style across the Atlantic, directors Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli offer up a heartwarming New York story with Phantom Boy, their second feature collaboration following the 2010 Oscar-nominated A Cat in Paris.
July 12, 2016
The filmmakers are thankfully willing to render, with unremitting vigor, how grief can batter the human heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 24, 2016
The noirish plotline is smart and engaging, but this French film is most powerful for its treatment of the young hero's illness; in one scene he uses his supernatural ability to eavesdrop on his family as they discuss him.