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Anatomy of Hell Reviews

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October 15, 2004
Ranks high on the squirm meter. But, unlike in most of [Breillat's] earlier work, there's no emotional payoff.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
October 15, 2004
The good news: Real-life porn star Siffredi turns out to be a terrific actor. Who knew? The bad news: The scene with the garden implement. The scene with the red cocktail. The scene with ... I can't go on.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 14, 2004
Once again, [Breillat] gives us a man and a woman engaged in a bruising slugfest hinged to sexual difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 14, 2004
Breillat is a smart, serious observer of sexuality's often disruptive role in human life, but this existential drama is sadly pretentious.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 13, 2004
a font of faux profundity
| Original Score: 1/5
October 12, 2004
In her latest feature, sexual provocatrix Catherine Breillat turns a philosophical speculum on gender relations to perverse (and perversely elegant) effect.
October 11, 2004
Pretentious pornographic stuff and nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 5, 2004
Issues of sexual commitment, fidelity and self-worth are graphically explored with the torpid detachment of a psych major's filmic send-up of a Calvin Klein commercial...
Full Review | Original Score: F
October 1, 2004
A mere parade of shock images meant to free us from our bourgeois illusions -- and since narrative engagement appears to be one of those sins, it's impossible to find a foothold.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 24, 2004
In her clinical yet stately manner Breillat is largely -- though not wholly -- successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 22, 2004
Unless you buy the obnoxious premise that men in general, and gay men in particular, loathe women, you may find yourself thinking, 'Buck up, dear!' and concluding that this is a filmmaker whose desire to shock exceeds her capacity for interesting thought.
September 21, 2004
Breillat is militantly in favor of personal and intellectual freedom -- and that aspect of her mission as an artist is laudable. But it's the way she expresses it on film that lends itself to giggles and guffaws.
September 19, 2004
Deliberately shocking, yawningly plodding and almost mind-bogglingly pretentious -- and its message is laid on with a trowel: Men are idiots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 18, 2004
A fascinating mood piece from a filmmaker who painstakingly explores the sometimes ugly lives of women -- without flinching.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 20, 2004
I may be just one ignorant American who can't appreciate the brilliance of Breillat's French Skinema, but I know pretentious subtitled porn when I see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 1, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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