Anatomy of Hell Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 12, 2004
Plays like porn dubbed by bitter deconstructionist theoreticians.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 22, 2004
Unless you buy the obnoxious premise that men in general, and gay men in particular, loathe women, you may find yourself thinking, 'Buck up, dear!' and concluding that this is a filmmaker whose desire to shock exceeds her capacity for interesting thought.
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 20, 2004
I may be just one ignorant American who can't appreciate the brilliance of Breillat's French Skinema, but I know pretentious subtitled porn when I see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
October 13, 2004
a font of faux profundity
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
November 26, 2004
Vagina dialogue this may be, but it seems much more like a bunch of arse.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 16, 2005
I hate this movie, but only because it hated me first.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 14, 2004
Once again, [Breillat] gives us a man and a woman engaged in a bruising slugfest hinged to sexual difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 12, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
October 5, 2004
Issues of sexual commitment, fidelity and self-worth are graphically explored with the torpid detachment of a psych major's filmic send-up of a Calvin Klein commercial...
Full Review | Original Score: F
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 19, 2004
Deliberately shocking, yawningly plodding and almost mind-bogglingly pretentious -- and its message is laid on with a trowel: Men are idiots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
October 11, 2004
Pretentious pornographic stuff and nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
October 15, 2004
Not since Pia Zadora's The Lonely Lady has a gardening tool been so violated.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 1, 2004
A mere parade of shock images meant to free us from our bourgeois illusions -- and since narrative engagement appears to be one of those sins, it's impossible to find a foothold.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Nathan Lee
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013
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.
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 19, 2006
A waste of cinema, and of precious time.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Achy Obejas
Chicago Tribune
November 11, 2004
A ponderous but very, very explicit exploration of gender roles and fears that frequently seems like a parody of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 15, 2004
Ranks high on the squirm meter. But, unlike in most of [Breillat's] earlier work, there's no emotional payoff.
| Original Score: 1/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
October 14, 2004
Breillat is a smart, serious observer of sexuality's often disruptive role in human life, but this existential drama is sadly pretentious.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
September 21, 2004
Breillat is militantly in favor of personal and intellectual freedom -- and that aspect of her mission as an artist is laudable. But it's the way she expresses it on film that lends itself to giggles and guffaws.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
October 15, 2004
The good news: Real-life porn star Siffredi turns out to be a terrific actor. Who knew? The bad news: The scene with the garden implement. The scene with the red cocktail. The scene with ... I can't go on.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
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Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
September 12, 2004
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New York Observer
October 28, 2004

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January 15, 2005

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January 15, 2005
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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