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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Reviews

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January 5, 2007
Director Tom Tykwer's creative style of storytelling makes Perfume a compelling view, but a depraved protagonist and distasteful plot give the film an overall foul odor.
| Original Score: 2/4
January 4, 2007
A film can reek equally of fine craftsmanship and piping-hot dung, and the proof's in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 29, 2006
Weaves a sensual spell of extraordinary delicacy, then sustains it -- up to a point.
January 8, 2007
Hated this movie. Hated it.
December 27, 2006
Stunningly rendered, disturbing to watch, perverse and, ultimately, emotionally hollow.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 5, 2007
Despite a fairly spectacular climax, the material's generic limitations eventually catch up with the plot.
January 5, 2007
It is refreshing to see Rickman in a heroic role, but everything else about this overripe travesty reeks to high heaven.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
December 29, 2006
The emotional void at the film's center grows larger and larger, until in the movie's penultimate scene even a depiction of graphic mass sexuality fails to be particularly exciting or interesting.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 4, 2007
Starts off on the wrong foot with the wrong tone, then keeps stumbling and bumbling its way to a climax half the people who buy tickets will never see because they will walk out in frustration or disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
December 27, 2006
You could be stuffing quantities of chocolate, oysters and arugula while watching the playmate of the month down carrots and bananas and you're still unlikely to be fooled by the supposed power of this Perfume.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 5, 2007
Bizarre, macabre fantasy that's intoxicating but repellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
December 27, 2006
Perfume may be one of the most sumptuous serial-killer movies of all time. Between those tumultuous opening passages and a stunner of a climax, however, it's also a bit of a drag.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 27, 2006
Try as it might to be refined and provocative, Tom Tykwer's Perfume never rises above the pedestrian creepiness of its conceit.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 4, 2007
Jack the Ripper meets Scent of a Woman in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, an example of why certain books are deemed unfilmable, no matter how talented those involved are.
Read More | Original Score: C
January 4, 2007
The film is an uneven experience.
January 5, 2007
The director stays true to the source novel even when it lifts into a magical realism that works only on the page, and his faithfulness betrays him. Perfume is a thriller that Hobbes might have envied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 11, 2007
Tykwer loses his cinematic grip when he tries to blend murder and piety. In his hands, the two don't emulsify.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 24, 2006
Smells of something a few steps down from Aqua Velva.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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