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 Stolen Kisses, Mon Oncle, and Story of a Cheat.