Tattoo (1981)



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Bruce Dern plays obsessed tattoo artist Karl Kinski who kidnaps attractive model Maddy (Maud Adams) and uses her body as his glorified canvas. In an advertisement for this rather misogynistic film was a picture of a woman's bare legs bound at the ankles--which caused much controversy at the time of its release.


Critic Reviews for Tattoo

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Tattoo is a flaccid, rancid and astonishingly tedious melodrama making a theatrical appearance before landing on the pay TV screen at 1 or 2 in the morning where it belongs.

Apr 27, 2018 | Full Review…

As Kinksy, Dern offers the best of what he can do, giving us a character who is in some respects, neither man nor monster, but a different species entirely.

Jul 29, 2018 | Full Review…

As sleazy a viewing experience as one might expect from a movie in which Bruce Dern kidnaps Maud Adams and scribbles all over her.

Aug 31, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Overheated psychological horror schlock.

Jan 12, 2006 | Rating: 1/5

An effectively creepy psychological thriller with Bruce Dern at his unhinged best.

Oct 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

All involved in this project seem to be in need of some Freudian analysis.

Dec 26, 2003 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tattoo

One of Dern's trademark unbalanced psyche roles.

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