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Delicatessen Reviews

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
November 21, 2013
The movie, take it from me, is a lot more fun to sit through than to describe in a single sentence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Parkinson
Radio Times
November 21, 2013
Bizarre, brilliant, but wayward in its dénouement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 21, 2013
With its molelike inhabitants, its sprawling war between flesh-eaters and lentil-men, its achingly sweet love story and surrealist blend of dusty antiquities and 21st-century gizmos, Delicatessen is indescribably wild.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune
November 21, 2013
All of this is handled in a breezy, off-handed, nutsy manner, as the superb cast combines to help bring it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
November 21, 2013
Delicatessen is a fearsomely intense movie that mixes moods with formidable assurance.

Film4
November 21, 2013
Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro made a brilliant feature film debut with this bizarre and visually stunning comedy about cannibalism.
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
November 21, 2013
A must see, Delicatessen is an absolute delight and a bizarrely madcap experience.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
November 21, 2013
What will filmmakers Jeunet and Caro serve for dessert in their next movie? Something equally daring, one hopes -- but more thoroughly cooked and a bit easier to swallow.

Total Film
November 27, 2012
Sweet, sinister and endearingly scruffy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Edwards
What Culture
February 1, 2011
Like a light-hearted Brazil it conjures up imagery of such impact, and such resonant subject matter that it will (...) affect audiences for generations to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 5, 2010
Serves up a stew that seems to be made of a little of everything from one hundred years of screen comedy, seasoned with Grand Guignol. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 16, 2010
[A] black-hearted black comedy, directed as if it were a living cartoon.
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
August 24, 2010
Dark comedy-fantasy about cannibalism isn't for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
June 5, 2007
With their detached, sardonic and decidedly sick slant, Jeunet and Caro have served up a burnt-to-a-crisp feast.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 5, 2007
There are no characters to care about or remember afterward -- just a lot of flashy technique involving decor, some glib allegorical flourishes, and the obligatory studied film-school weirdness.
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Variety Staff
Variety
June 5, 2007
A zany little film that's a startling and clever debut for co-helmers Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 27, 2007
Part macabre horror, part romantic drama, part childlike fable, this ingeniously original French film defies categorization, but is successful on all of these levels, which may explain why it has become an international cult classic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dennis King
Tulsa World
October 10, 2006
If Rube Goldberg had concocted the film Eating Raoul, it might have turned out something like Delicatessen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
May 27, 2006
Eventually, Delicatessen descends into raw grotesquerie and excess. But first, it serves as an ample experimental field and proving ground for a wild talent that's thankfully become more disciplined with time.
Paul Schrodt
Slant Magazine
May 21, 2006
Delicatessen uses its aggressive stylization and capricious visual contraptions as a form of imprisonment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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