Anatomy of Hell Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 12, 2004
Forget the Anatomy, this is just plain Hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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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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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
November 4, 2004
Ultimately less reminiscent of similarly themed efforts like Last Tango in Paris than of an explicit health education training film.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 3, 2004
No one takes the fun out of sex like Catherine Breillat.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 28, 2004
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 20, 2004
Breillat uses this man and woman on a bed (sometimes only he is clothed, and sometimes the two of them are naked) as a way of exploring the meaning of women's bodies from social, political and personal angles, instead of purely sensual ones.
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 15, 2004
Breillat, as usual, leaves us gasping.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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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
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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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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 12, 2004
In her latest feature, sexual provocatrix Catherine Breillat turns a philosophical speculum on gender relations to perverse (and perversely elegant) effect.
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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
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 24, 2004
In her clinical yet stately manner Breillat is largely -- though not wholly -- successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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.
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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.