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  • Summary: A daring exploration into the nature of a fundamentally social and religious taboo: sexuality.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 14 out of 19
  1. 70
    Anatomy of Hell gives a feminist twist to a French literary tradition that goes back to the Marquis de Sade. It's also svelte, assured filmmaking.
  2. What follows is graphic, but it's too cerebral and too challenging to be dismissed as pornography.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    If you're feeling open-minded and a little adventurous, this chilling exploration of the gender gap from Gallic bad-girl Catherine Breillat is worth a look.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    25
    Despite all that onscreen turgidness, Anatomy of Hell is itself so much a matter of the mind that it never rises above theory.
  5. 25
    There are scenes here where Breillat deliberately disgusts us, not because we are disgusted by the natural life functions of women, as she implies, but simply because The Woman does things that would make any reasonable Man, or Woman, for that matter, throw up.
  6. Breillat is a smart, serious observer of sexuality's often disruptive role in human life, but this existential drama is sadly pretentious.
  7. The dialogue that is wrapped around the sexual activities only helps to make the film disgustingly ridiculous.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 3 out of 5