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  • Summary: Carlos is the most prestigious tailor in Granada, Spain. His life is a study in details, from the meticulous suits he creates for wealthy clients to the macabre murders he executes in the shadows. He performs these gruesome acts, including dining on the women he kills, without guilt or remorse. When Nina, a beautiful young immigrant from Romania, comes looking for her missing twin sister, she awakens in Carlos a kind of love he'd long since written off. As their relationship builds, based on secrets and deception, Nina's pure innocence will become undeniable, even by Carlos, a man driven by a dark secret. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Carolina del Busto
    Jul 24, 2014
    90
    Despite the film's leisurely pace, nothing is wasted -- no word, no image, no sound. Every element is blended together to create individual scenes that come to feel like stand-alone photographs, leaving viewers both captivated and even ultimately feeling compassion for the anti-hero.
  2. Reviewed by: Jonathan Holland
    Jul 24, 2014
    90
    When a filmmaker is capable of exploring a series of frankly outlandish filmic, thematic and moral propositions with absolute conviction and sureness of touch, the results are usually memorable. Such is the case with Manuel Martin Cuenca’s Cannibal.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Jul 7, 2014
    80
    The film’s slow deliberation and aesthetic rigor act as a form of seduction, luring the viewer into unwilling identification with Carlos.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Jul 20, 2014
    63
    It keeps us at a remove that becomes telling of the filmmaker's reticence to explore whatever feelings of isolation and yearning may inform his main character's grisly compulsion.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jul 24, 2014
    60
    Because little happens story-wise, Cannibal necessarily functions as a character study, but one that’s frustratingly short on character.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Jul 24, 2014
    50
    As Cannibal progresses it becomes both more traditional in its narrative and frustrating in its lack of depth.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 8, 2014
    7
    Carlos the CANNIBAL falls in love. Trouble follows. This elegantly directed film from Spain may have more on its mind than comes across but ultimately the film feels empty. Featuring a really sensational performance from Olimpia Melinte in a dual role, one wishes CANNIBAL could meet in execution its very high minded and metaphorical ambitions. Expand