Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Reviews

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June 26, 2017
I despise this movie, more or less, for the promises it squanders.
June 15, 2007
Tykwer squeezes every possible drop of melodramatic beauty out of this material. ...But the gorgeous visuals aren't enough to keep the drama from occasionally degenerating into beautifully produced hokum.
April 6, 2007
Una estupenda reconstrucción histórica y un atractivo tratamiento visual son los principales valores de esta interesante aunque irregular adaptación.
March 2, 2007
January 20, 2007
January 16, 2007
The script, such as it is, takes the form of a kinky fairy tale set in a violent, brutish world; imagine the Brothers Grimm rewritten by Charles Dickens as a letter to Penthouse Forum.
January 11, 2007
Tykwer loses his cinematic grip when he tries to blend murder and piety. In his hands, the two don't emulsify.
January 11, 2007
It's surprising that the director of Run Lola Run didn't make a movie that's lighter on its feet.
Top Critic
January 10, 2007
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is another nauseous example of style over content: a toxic tale of serial homicide set in 18th-century France that creeps you out faster than it makes you think.
January 9, 2007
The film itself is way too long, culminating in a ludicrous orgy scene.....
January 8, 2007
Hated this movie. Hated it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 5, 2007
The movie is pretty to look at, but over-long and, in the end, self-conscious. What a disappointment.
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.
January 5, 2007
Despite a fairly spectacular climax, the material's generic limitations eventually catch up with the plot.
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.
January 5, 2007
By the time the mad finale rolls around, the viewer will feel had, for Perfume grasps for significance where there is none to be found.
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