In The Fairy, Abel, Gordon and Romy have all of Le Havre as their playground. And now that the they've established the ideal format for their brand of comicbook-style humor, one can't help but wish they show the good sense to keep it at this level going forward.
—Peter Debruge Variety
For the most part, it's too dry and quirky to connect. Still, those gags are something.
—Noel Murray Onion AV Club
This is the third feature by the three gifted stars, who deftly pull off hilarious, nearly wordless slapstick routines reminiscent of Jacques Tati, Buster Keaton and Jerry Lewis.
—V. A. Musetto New York Post
While every scene is art-directed with zest and innovatively staged, The Fairy rarely inspires outright laughter.
—Aaron Hillis Village Voice
Re-employing the tools of Jacques Tati and Jerry Lewis, this pleasant fable reclaims artful slapstick with a bliss that's hard to deny.
—Bill Weber Slant Magazine
...an alternately effortless and forced French-language diversion...
—Manohla Dargis New York Times