"Petite Maman becomes a profound meditation on inheritance."
— Aimee Knight, Little White Lies
"Goes straight into my list of the greatest films ever made for children of all ages."
— Mark Kermode, Observer (UK)
"This is an arrestingly original and alive creation that offers acute observations and unexpected grace notes."
— Todd McCarthy, Deadline Hollywood Daily
"Be careful with Petite Maman; the movie is small and quiet, but if you let your guard down, it might devastate you."
— Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Céline Sciamma’s beautiful fairytale reverie is occasioned by the dual mysteries of memory and the future: simple, elegant and very moving."
— Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"Heartfelt and genuine sentiments abound, making Petite Maman one of the finest titles of the year, one that can appeal to the (weird) kid in all of us."
— Hanna B., Film Threat
"In just 70 minutes, Sciamma has created a complete experience - a patient, emotional journey that will make you ache with the beauty and limitations of life."
— Drew Gregory, Autostraddle
"In the cyclical, ethereal narrative of this inventive, tender story of love and loss, one of the finest filmmakers of our time spins a spellbinding magical web."
— Matthew Anderson, CineVue
"A story even more delicate and moving than Sciamma’s last effort, this takes an unusual and thoughtful look at girlhood, motherhood and friendship. It’s enchanting."
— Helen O'Hara, Empire
"It’s particularly resonant, packed with emotion and insight that will move the director’s admirers (who should consider watching it alongside their own children) and probably garner her some new ones."
— Alonso Durald, TheWrap
"Petite Maman is short and sweet, yet fearlessly profound. A mix of fairytale, ghost story and rites-of-passage journey, this is at heart a cinematic parable about healing intergenerational wounds, about breaching the barriers that inevitably grow between parents and children."
— Mark Kermode, The Observer (UK)
"Featuring wonderful performances from twin sisters Joséphine and Gabrielle Sanz, and also the cutest little murder-mystery game you’ve ever seen, Petite Maman hits all the right notes, creating an epic in miniature. Petite Maman hits all the right notes, creating an epic in miniature. One warning: It may leave you a blubbering mess."
— Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)