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David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
January 9, 2007
....overcomes a laborious start to end in a breathtaking, whirlwind finish.....
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 8, 2007
Hated this movie. Hated it.
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
January 7, 2007
Another compelling work from Tykwer, however unpleasant.
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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 5, 2007
Perfume has great moments of beauty and of audacity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
January 5, 2007
Grenouille's obsession is, in the end, much like that of the less ornately literary killers who precede him, producing desperately conventional spectacles of dead girls.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 5, 2007
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer never tries to make Jean-Baptiste sympathetic but he's not rendered monstrous, either: He just is a victim of a passion larger and more powerful than any one man can handle.
| Original Score: 3/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
January 5, 2007
Tykwer's smash-and-grab directing style lacks the magisterial flair of the original novel by Patrick Suskind, which was celebrated by no less than John Updike in The New Yorker. It's hard to judge a book right after you've seen the movie, but I hated it.
| Original Score: D
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 5, 2007
[The filmmakers] render a portrait of Paris that both delights and overwhelms the senses. This is a movie where eyes turn into noses, which may run at the many ghastly sights presented.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 5, 2007
Tykwer, best known for the ultramodern chase movie Run Lola Run, would seem an unusual choice for a period film, but he infuses the sometimes stately story with vigor; though well past two and a half hours, it never feels long.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 5, 2007
The movie talks suggestively about smells but can't quite find a way to bring them to life, so [director Tom] Tykwer uses images to rub our noses in as many disgusting things as he can.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 5, 2007
The movie is lost. Whishaw succeeds in making the repulsive protagonist thoroughly repulsive, which is probably a testimony to his acting ability. But it doesn't make it anything worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 5, 2007
Director Tom Tykwer masterfully conveys the sensuality of smell via captivating images. The intriguing performance by newcomer Ben Whishaw conveys the profound effect of his supersensitive nose.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 5, 2007
Even if that broad interpretation -- that art is worth any human cost, that identity can be put on, like a scent -- leaves you cold, there's a world to immerse yourself in, a killer to be pursued, and an innocent to be feared for.
| Original Score: 4/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
January 5, 2007
Whishaw's oddly charismatic performance makes the despicable Grenouille into an almost sympathetic antihero. The rather astonishing finale will likely have audiences either howling in derision or ardently dissecting afterward.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 5, 2007
Perfume is not gratuitously violent, nor does it focus on the act of murder itself. There are numerous suspenseful and creepy scenes showing Jean-Baptiste at work, but, primarily, the movie is the study of a troubled human being.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 5, 2007
The movie is pretty to look at, but over-long and, in the end, self-conscious. What a disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 5, 2007
Lush visuals and lusty, rhapsodic language bring Perfume as close as cinematically possible to capturing an elusive sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
January 5, 2007
Perfume, a fast-paced allegorical tale about the pursuit of perfection, may fill the senses for its duration, but without a discernible psychological essence it does not linger for long.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 5, 2007
Tykwer has to set a unique tone here -- fairy tales about serial killers being somewhat rare -- and he manages the absurdity of his subject matter well, keeping Jean-Baptiste right on the edge between monster and genius.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 5, 2007
Director Tom Tykwer can be commended for capturing so much of the book's mélange of pleasure, pain and longing for the impossible in Perfume, which is at least the most elegant movie yet made about the exploits of a serial killer.
| Original Score: 3/4
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