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Based on 30 Reviews
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  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    This isn't pleasant to watch. Neither is it amusing, intellectually engaging, whimsically fascinating, coldly satirical or painfully poignant, though at any given moment in this erratic film director Tom Tykwer might be trying for one of these conflicting tones. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Weaves a sensual spell of extraordinary delicacy, then sustains it -- up to a point. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    There are sniff movies and there are snuff movies, but Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is both. It has the bouquet of balm and blood. Imagine "Fragrance of the Lambs." show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    This is a crazy, gorgeous, disturbing, darkly comic horror story about an early-18th-century Frenchman born in a Paris fish market without any odor of his own but with a sense of smell that would make a pack of bloodhounds wail with envy. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Long regarded as unfilmable, Patrick Suskind's 1985 novel "Perfume" has finally reached the screen in a blockbuster production that succeeds reasonably well in achieving what many said was beyond the scope of cinema: conveying the world of scent and smell. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This is a dark, dark, dark film, focused on an obsession so complete and lonely it shuts out all other human experience. You may not savor it, but you will not stop watching it, in horror and fascination. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Most horror movies try to show us the man inside the monster, so we'll empathize with his moral dilemmas or feel his suffering. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer shows us a man who is all monster, whose colossal amorality makes him a potential Messiah or menace to humanity. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    It is to director Tykwer's credit that, although you never come close to understanding Jean-Baptiste, you don't turn your nose up at him, either. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, crosses over from thriller into magic realism for a lavishly staged climax that's a bit much. show more

  • 75
    Ethan Alter Premiere

    Perfume is sure to annoy as many moviegoers as it entertains, but at least even the naysayers would find it difficult to argue that film is nothing if not a departure from the ordinary. show more

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