Tattoo (2002)




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A dark and gruesome thriller reminiscent of David Fincher's Seven, this freshman effort from German director Robert Schwentke finds an unmotivated young detective roped into helping a seasoned veteran solve a case in which people are literally skinned for their tattoos and brutally murdered. Schrader (August Diehl) is a lazy, hard-partying cop who barely passed his academy training, only to settle in for an undemanding desk job upon graduation. His bid for the easy life is soon spoiled when … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Schwentke
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as Marc Schrader

as Hauptkommissar Minks

as Maya Kroner

as Frank Schoubya

as Kommissarin Roth
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Critic Reviews for Tattoo

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (11)

Stylish and engaging despite its over-reliance on the conventions of the thriller genre.

Full Review… | June 4, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

The premise of this film might be halfway original, but the execution is wholly derivative.

Full Review… | August 15, 2003
Boston Globe
Top Critic

An engrossing and original police procedural of bleak, steel-gray images and high style.

Full Review… | July 11, 2003
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A nasty, intelligent and complex thriller.

Full Review… | July 9, 2003
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

For all its oversights, absurdities and unconnected dots, Tattoo succeeds in getting under your skin.

Full Review… | July 8, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A very stylish variation on The Silence of the Lambs and Seven.

July 8, 2003
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Tattoo

Really good film, be warned it is sub-titles but the story is great.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

German thriller about a serial killer collecting the skins of his tattooed victims. Pretty bloody and gloomy and trying a little too hard to be the german "Se7en", while not always being completely logical. But rather well done and pretty exciting nonetheless.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Bizarre. A tattooed skin trade, with a hellish mystery. Really interesting movie with a very gripping, dark, bleak story. It's definitely well done though. Wonderful acting, and the storyline is just overall quite intense. I found this film to be filmed nicely and it kept me entertained and kind of thrilled all the way through. Just really entreating to watch. It's dreary and cold, as well. It is rather, a weird film, with some flaws, but nonetheless it was pretty good. The ending might be a complete mindf*ck.

Amanda Ø.

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