Taxidermia Reviews

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
August 11, 2009
Taxidermia is merely slimy biological vaudeville.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob James
Total Film
July 13, 2007
Curiosity seekers won't be disappointed... just sickened.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 25, 2007
Five-star direction, however, can only take you so far if your audience have followed their stomach contents out of the building.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Hanks
Independent
July 13, 2007
It breaks taboos with an insouciance that makes Last Tango look like Mary Poppins.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Leyland
BBC.com
July 13, 2007
Where Hukkle's circle-of-life surrealism had a certain twisted charm, this film's sense of the grotesque is more glum than fun. On the tail of such a promising debut, it can't help feeling like a hiccup.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
July 28, 2009
Nothing if not an intriguing failure. One does not care about what happens so much as one grows increasingly alarmed at where director Gyorgy Palfi will take his film next.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 14, 2009
And now a word of advice from your friendly film critic: If you go to see the Hungarian black comedy Taxidermia, don't plan to eat afterward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Daily Mirror [UK]
July 13, 2007
Overall, this is a desultory, schizophrenic film that doesn't seem to know what it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Sun Online
July 13, 2007
THE advantage of being The Sneak is that sometimes you can also sneak out of a film screening.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
April 26, 2007
In the grotesque storybook satire Taxidermia, Palfi's so-thought cynicism is merely observing plain (if sickeningly hilarious) truths about our excesses... an intense, disgusting, and probably brilliant experience.
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical
April 20, 2007
I still have next to no freaking idea what I just sat through, but (despite the surreal ugliness of the thing) I can't say I actually regret watching it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 23, 2008
Bizarre, disturbing, with gaggles of unwatchable elements
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
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.
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-
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
July 13, 2007
You'll need to drag it kicking and screaming from your mind.
Stan Hall
Oregonian
August 21, 2009
For those who can handle it, a viewing is an experience not soon forgotten.
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
August 14, 2009
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