Taxidermia Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 1, 2010
The gluttonous middle section of the film is by far its most successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 11, 2010
Surreal, grotesque and bitterly funny Hungarian art horror film ... aspires not to cult status as a torture porn totem but to the highest cinematic art.(It's not that, but give it points for trying.)
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
August 28, 2009
As sweeping in scope and vision as it is in viscera.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stan Hall
Oregonian
August 21, 2009
For those who can handle it, a viewing is an experience not soon forgotten.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
August 20, 2009
Taxidermia is frequently funny, for those who can stomach it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
August 18, 2009
Pálfi's fascination with the body -- its daily excretions and emanations -- borders on obsession
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dan Fainaru
Screen International
August 14, 2009
To Palfi's credit, he never attempts to titillate. His mind-boggling visual imagination is ably supported by Gergely Poharnok's camera and the art direction.
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
August 14, 2009
Taxidermia sets a benchmark for body horror in the cinema.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 14, 2009
Taxidermia is a brilliant, often grotesquely bizarre allegory on life in Hungary from World War II to the present, a surrealist fantasy exploring the limits of the body and its desires and altogether a darkly funny comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 14, 2009
Produces nightmarish horror and formal beauty in a surreal, Central European blend.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
August 12, 2009
Visionary Hungarian director Gyorgy Palfi ("Hukkle") creates a grotesque satire that dissects Hungary's nationalist self identity with a pitch black sense of humor and extended gross-out sequences...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Simon Abrams
New York Press
August 12, 2009
Pálfi's skill at making something as churlishly repulsive as a scene of self-mummification completely mesmerizing is a testament to his unparalleled dedication to imaginary grotesques.
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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
August 11, 2009
All this helps to shape Pálfi's crudely bombastic but impressive philosophical view of the body as landscape and art, a source of personal discovery, wonder, and annihilation.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 23, 2008
Contains some of the most viscerally troubling images, it is the bravura leap of imagination and brilliant cinematic techniques that make it special
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 23, 2008
Bizarre, disturbing, with gaggles of unwatchable elements
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
January 14, 2008
ybridio Cronenberg kai Monty Python poy san metallagmenos korios rokanizei tis basikes ormes kai tis laimarges taseis poy mas kleidonoyn stin apoksenosi kai ti monaksia
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
January 8, 2008
Despite non-stop horror and perversity, nothing in the movie seems gratuitous. Its vision remains so comprehensive and convincing that it justifies everything that it puts you through.
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
August 20, 2007
if the imagery is always grotesque, and if the characters are always reduced to their basest drives, Pálfi presents his carnivalesque concerns in an artfully aestheticised package that belies the ugliness within.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
July 21, 2007
It's an allegory of sorts, and very different from the fastidious golden age of Hungarian cinema in the Seventies and Eighties.
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
August 14, 2009
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