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Tattoo

Tattoo (2002)

tomatometer

70

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 3

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61

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 1,388

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Movie Info

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

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (8) | DVD (3)

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

June 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The premise of this film might be halfway original, but the execution is wholly derivative.

August 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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An engrossing and original police procedural of bleak, steel-gray images and high style.

July 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A nasty, intelligent and complex thriller.

July 9, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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For all its oversights, absurdities and unconnected dots, Tattoo succeeds in getting under your skin.

July 8, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A very stylish variation on The Silence of the Lambs and Seven.

July 8, 2003
New York Post
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It's all as pointless as body modification.

July 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Dark and interesting, the film looks very good and has an intriguing enough plot that we stay connected to it.

December 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Without the benefit of an equally manipulative script, Schwentke's attempts to appal us eventually just bore.

November 25, 2003 Full Review Source: BBC

It looks great, has an excellent cast and is effectively creepy at first. But try as it does, it just winds up falling into the lame generic Hollywood homicide thriller mold.

July 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A stylish, involving, unremittingly grim and, it must be stated, almost wholly derivative hodge-podge of hard-boiled American crime thrillers. The surfeit mood catches and holds your attention, sometimes in spite of yourself.

July 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Tattoo has the same buddy-cop dynamic as the David Fincher film and, likewise, is preoccupied with beautiful lighting, rain machines and grotesque mutilations. It's watchable but it never quite rises above being a mannered knockoff.

July 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

An assured piece of genre filmmaking that delivers the goods so stylishly it hardly matters that they aren't fresh.

July 8, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

If you had the stomach for "Seven," you'll enjoy the German translation.

June 19, 2003 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Its engaging simplicity is driven by appealing leads.

May 2, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Undoubtedly the scariest movie ever made about tattoos.

April 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

An above-average thriller.

April 20, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Tattoo

Really good film, be warned it is sub-titles but the story is great.
March 18, 2007
76Majikat

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.
November 26, 2006
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