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Anatomy of Hell

Anatomy of Hell (2004)

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26

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 26

Ponderous, pretentious, and -- considering the subject matter -- dull.

25

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 12

Ponderous, pretentious, and -- considering the subject matter -- dull.

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38

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Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 3,460

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A lonely and dejected woman (Amira Casar) learns that only when all inhibitions are cast aside will she be able to truly understand the truth about how men see women in this erotically charged exploration of sexuality from controversial director Catherine Breillat. Teetering on the edge of overwhelming ennui, the woman pays a man (Rocco Siffredi) to join her for a daring, four-day exploration of sexuality in which both reject all convention and smash all boundaries while locked away from society

Jan 25, 2005

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The movie strongly suggests that to be gay is to be a misogynist, that all men wish to do violence to women and that being female is the same as being miserable.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Forget the Anatomy, this is just plain Hell.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Plays like porn dubbed by bitter deconstructionist theoreticians.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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A ponderous but very, very explicit exploration of gender roles and fears that frequently seems like a parody of the genre.

November 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Ultimately less reminiscent of similarly themed efforts like Last Tango in Paris than of an explicit health education training film.

November 4, 2004
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No one takes the fun out of sex like Catherine Breillat.

November 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Her latest, Anatomy of Hell, doesn't so much straddle the fine line between art and porn as balance, bleeding, on the knife's edge between trenchant and pretentious.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

A waste of cinema, and of precious time.

August 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

The ultimate lesson being taught isn't how homosexuality can be transposed to kinky hetero sex games.

January 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

I hate this movie, but only because it hated me first.

January 16, 2005 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

Breillat reduces sexuality to the basest coupling of body parts, and Anatomy of Hell reduces film to freak-show voyeurism.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Vagina dialogue this may be, but it seems much more like a bunch of arse.

November 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

One of the most groundbreaking films in recent memory in terms of both the explicitness of its sexuality and its commitment to such an austere intellectual discourse.

November 23, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

Given that [Breillat's] premise is that all men are guilty and all women are victims in the same manner, the film becomes a ridiculous socio-political rant, not a drama about the complexity of real life.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

It offends because it is so empty-headed and seemingly gratuitous in the sludge it offers up.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It might not be a film that can be taken too literally, that doesn't mean it shouldn't be taken seriously.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
MovieMartyr.com

Not since Pia Zadora's The Lonely Lady has a gardening tool been so violated.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

It's an admirably bold film, Siffredi is surprisingly good, and it's filled with images you're not likely to see anywhere else.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Anatomy of Hell

Awfully, sickening as it's shocking of two strangers explore the boundaries of sex and bad taste in this explicit and unseemly French import.
June 3, 2007
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Dean McKenna

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[font=Century Gothic]In "Anatomy of Hell", a heterosexual woman(Amira Casar) begins slitting her wrists in a nightclub bathroom when she is interrupted by a gay man(Rocco Siffredi). He escorts her to a clinic where she is patched up. They become acquainted and she invites him back to her place to view her in all her intimate glory. He is less than thrilled with the proposition until she offers to handsomely recompense him. He agrees to the offer.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Anatomy of Hell' is not a bad idea for a movie. For example, it is always a good thing when men and women exchange sexual information about their respective genders.(I learned a good deal about sex from my women friends in college.) But the movie wallows in pretentiousness and neither performer were apparently cast because of their acting ability. Catherine Breillat had already covered similar territory in the superior "Brief Crossing." I did think the tampon scene was informative, though. [/font]
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November 11, 2005
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Walter M.

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Movies Like Anatomy of Hell

    1. The Woman: The ocean, despite its misleading male image, rolled in the darkness like a bitch in heat. This ocean, like a woman, could engulf you and make you vanish into its loins... So I felt trapped by a kind of sorcery of the signs and obscene sounds of nature. Surrounded by the pleading moans of the weak, only I was strong... Helpless against the whole world.
    – Submitted by Paul N (2 years ago)
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