Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Reviews

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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 16, 2007
January 15, 2007
I've seen just about everything the man has done over the past decade, and I was still surprised by the film's awesome scope and amazing beauty
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
Tykwer's direction is solid, Whishaw lends a weight to the character and despite having little dialogue delivers a masterful performance. Of the large supporting cast, [Rachel] Hurd-Wood is a pleasant surprise and Alan Rickman as her protective father off
January 11, 2007
Unpleasant yet intriguing, Perfume isn't exactly a breath of fresh air -- it's more like having smelling salts applied to one's cinematic experience.
January 11, 2007
It's surprising that the director of Run Lola Run didn't make a movie that's lighter on its feet.
January 11, 2007
Perfume is a strange but beguiling film that, like an intoxicating scent, stirs the imagination.
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 10, 2007
Keeps the essence which made the novel such a scabrous, compelling read ... even in January, this deliriously loopy black comedy just may be the film of the year.
January 9, 2007
The film itself is way too long, culminating in a ludicrous orgy scene.....
January 9, 2007
....overcomes a laborious start to end in a breathtaking, whirlwind finish.....
January 8, 2007
Hated this movie. Hated it.
January 7, 2007
Another compelling work from Tykwer, however unpleasant.
January 6, 2007
January 5, 2007
Perfume has great moments of beauty and of audacity.
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
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.
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.
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