Anatomy of Hell - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Anatomy of Hell Reviews

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Nathan Lee
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013
Her latest, Anatomy of Hell, doesn't so much straddle the fine line between art and porn as balance, bleeding, on the knife's edge between trenchant and pretentious.
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 19, 2006
A waste of cinema, and of precious time.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
January 24, 2005
The ultimate lesson being taught isn't how homosexuality can be transposed to kinky hetero sex games.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
January 16, 2005
I hate this movie, but only because it hated me first.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
January 7, 2005
Breillat reduces sexuality to the basest coupling of body parts, and Anatomy of Hell reduces film to freak-show voyeurism.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
November 26, 2004
Vagina dialogue this may be, but it seems much more like a bunch of arse.
Jamie Russell
November 23, 2004
One of the most groundbreaking films in recent memory in terms of both the explicitness of its sexuality and its commitment to such an austere intellectual discourse.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
November 12, 2004
Given that [Breillat's] premise is that all men are guilty and all women are victims in the same manner, the film becomes a ridiculous socio-political rant, not a drama about the complexity of real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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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Stephanie Zacharek
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.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
October 19, 2004
It offends because it is so empty-headed and seemingly gratuitous in the sludge it offers up.
Jeremy Heilman
October 15, 2004
It might not be a film that can be taken too literally, that doesn't mean it shouldn't be taken seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
Kent Turner
October 15, 2004
Not since Pia Zadora's The Lonely Lady has a gardening tool been so violated.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide
October 15, 2004
It's an admirably bold film, Siffredi is surprisingly good, and it's filled with images you're not likely to see anywhere else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
October 15, 2004
Breillat, as usual, leaves us gasping.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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