Delicatessen Reviews

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Top Critic
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Delicatessen could have some appeal to the cult film crowd who like their meat sliced thin...
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
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.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A laboriously self-conscious attempt at being avant-garde.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Its last half-hour is devoted chiefly to letting the characters wreck the sets, and quite literally becomes a washout when the bathtub overflows.
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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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
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
November 21, 2013
A must see, Delicatessen is an absolute delight and a bizarrely madcap experience.
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
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
May 12, 2006
A title certainly worthy of its cult status.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Moira Sullivan
FilmFestivals.com
January 27, 2004
Sublime, edible film with exquisite art direction.
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
As fascinating as it is weird. And it's rrrrreally weird.
| Original Score: 5/5
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
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
This is a film for particularly morbid tastes in comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 7, 2006
A black comedy mind-bender.
| Original Score: 5/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
August 24, 2010
Dark comedy-fantasy about cannibalism isn't for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 16, 2010
[A] black-hearted black comedy, directed as if it were a living cartoon.
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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.
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