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Delicatessen

R In Theaters 04/1/1992 , 95min.
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Variety
Beautifully textured, cleverly scripted and eerily shot (often with a wideangle lens making characters look even weirder), Delicatessan is a zany little film that's a startling and clever debut for co-helmers Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro. Full Review
Duane Byrge
The Hollywood Reporter
The slapstick is classic-level stuff, the kind of domino-effect precision that is lost in most of today's clumsy farces. Full Review
Janet Maslin
The New York Times
Among the things that deserve mention in this lightweight but sometimes subversively stylish farce are its ingenious credit sequence, its lively editing by Herve Schneid, its use of code names like Artichoke Heart and Cordon Bleu in the guerrilla war that rages underground and its reference to a couple of odd inventions. Full Review
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
What keeps the film going, and helps it keep its comic tone, is the constant threat of cataclysm - and the deadpan Buster Keaton charm of the ever-responsive Pinon as he combats the giant Rube Goldberg meat-grinder that the house, in effect, is. [17 Apr 1992] Full Review
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
Set in some sort of post-apocalyptic Parisian deli o' the damned, this lunatic's take on the future of man is so delightfully warped that it's impossible to shake it out of your head and go get a decent night's sleep. Full Review

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