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Anatomy of Hell Reviews

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
November 12, 2004
Forget the Anatomy, this is just plain Hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 12, 2004
Plays like porn dubbed by bitter deconstructionist theoreticians.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
November 4, 2004
Ultimately less reminiscent of similarly themed efforts like Last Tango in Paris than of an explicit health education training film.
November 3, 2004
No one takes the fun out of sex like Catherine Breillat.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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.
October 15, 2004
Breillat, as usual, leaves us gasping.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 12, 2004
In her latest feature, sexual provocatrix Catherine Breillat turns a philosophical speculum on gender relations to perverse (and perversely elegant) effect.
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.