Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Reviews

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Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
January 5, 2007
Director Tom Tykwer's creative style of storytelling makes Perfume a compelling view, but a depraved protagonist and distasteful plot give the film an overall foul odor.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 4, 2007
A film can reek equally of fine craftsmanship and piping-hot dung, and the proof's in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 29, 2006
Weaves a sensual spell of extraordinary delicacy, then sustains it -- up to a point.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 8, 2007
Hated this movie. Hated it.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 27, 2006
Stunningly rendered, disturbing to watch, perverse and, ultimately, emotionally hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 5, 2007
Despite a fairly spectacular climax, the material's generic limitations eventually catch up with the plot.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
January 5, 2007
It is refreshing to see Rickman in a heroic role, but everything else about this overripe travesty reeks to high heaven.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Jim Hemphill
Reel.com
December 29, 2006
The emotional void at the film's center grows larger and larger, until in the movie's penultimate scene even a depiction of graphic mass sexuality fails to be particularly exciting or interesting.
| Original Score: 2/4
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
January 4, 2007
Starts off on the wrong foot with the wrong tone, then keeps stumbling and bumbling its way to a climax half the people who buy tickets will never see because they will walk out in frustration or disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
December 27, 2006
You could be stuffing quantities of chocolate, oysters and arugula while watching the playmate of the month down carrots and bananas and you're still unlikely to be fooled by the supposed power of this Perfume.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
January 5, 2007
Bizarre, macabre fantasy that's intoxicating but repellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
December 27, 2006
Perfume may be one of the most sumptuous serial-killer movies of all time. Between those tumultuous opening passages and a stunner of a climax, however, it's also a bit of a drag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 27, 2006
Try as it might to be refined and provocative, Tom Tykwer's Perfume never rises above the pedestrian creepiness of its conceit.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 4, 2007
Jack the Ripper meets Scent of a Woman in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, an example of why certain books are deemed unfilmable, no matter how talented those involved are.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 4, 2007
The film is an uneven experience.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 5, 2007
The director stays true to the source novel even when it lifts into a magical realism that works only on the page, and his faithfulness betrays him. Perfume is a thriller that Hobbes might have envied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 5, 2007
The movie is lost. Whishaw succeeds in making the repulsive protagonist thoroughly repulsive, which is probably a testimony to his acting ability. But it doesn't make it anything worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 5, 2007
The movie talks suggestively about smells but can't quite find a way to bring them to life, so [director Tom] Tykwer uses images to rub our noses in as many disgusting things as he can.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 11, 2007
Tykwer loses his cinematic grip when he tries to blend murder and piety. In his hands, the two don't emulsify.
| Original Score: 2/4
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
December 24, 2006
Smells of something a few steps down from Aqua Velva.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
December 30, 2006
Philip French
Guardian
January 6, 2007

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January 5, 2007
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 6, 2007
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