I've heard the arguments against Amelie: that it's aggressively whimsical (do we hold that against Lubitsch?), that it has a lilywhite image of France (do we hold that against Tati?), and more. And while it doesn't match the masters listed above, every time I see Amelie it carries me away. So don't hate it for being "foreign cinema-lite". Just tell its lovers about Jules and Jim, Mon Oncle, and Story of a Cheat.
Twee, cutesy horseshit loved by lonely white people. I mean its sweet, slickly made and comes from a sincere place at least but ugh. It could be worse though, it could be made by Americans and starring Zooey Deschanel
No, no, no. That film has never a "big arthouse hit" (in France, at least). Just a blockbuster that happened to be made by a french director. It's cheesy as f*ck, bordering on nostalgy for the "good ol' days" that we all want to forget. I'm disappointed that Mubi chose this film for Valentine's Day.