Delicatessen

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

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  • Summary: In a post-apocalyptic society where meat is scarce, cannibalism is no longer unsavory. And when a young ex-clown takes a job in a dilapidated deli, he's completely unaware that the butcher plans to serve him to the building's bizarre tenants. But when the butcher's nearsighted daughter fallsIn a post-apocalyptic society where meat is scarce, cannibalism is no longer unsavory. And when a young ex-clown takes a job in a dilapidated deli, he's completely unaware that the butcher plans to serve him to the building's bizarre tenants. But when the butcher's nearsighted daughter falls for the clown, she'll go to absurd lengths to foil her father's plan. (Miramax) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Jenn Shreve
    100
    I didn't need to understand every word to see what a beautiful film this was - each camera shot a carefully composed masterpiece that immerses the viewer in a realm of luxuriant imagination.
  2. The slapstick is classic-level stuff, the kind of domino-effect precision that is lost in most of today's clumsy farces.
  3. 89
    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.
  4. Village Voice
    Reviewed by: J. Hoberman
    70
    Delicatessen may be junk food, but it's served with the discretion of nouvelle cuisine. [07 Apr 1992]
  5. 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.
  6. Delicatessen seems overstuffed at times, unable to digest its own surfeit of jokes, tricks, and surprises.
  7. 30
    A punky, futuristic effort by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, it is a tasteless variation on "Sweeney Todd" set geographically near the border of Terry Gilliam's "Brazil."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Cal
    Nov 9, 2008
    10
    Brilliant film
  2. May 25, 2013
    9
    One of the most unique post-apocalyptic movie you will ever seen. Totally surreal and I loved every moment of it. Definitely recommended ifOne of the most unique post-apocalyptic movie you will ever seen. Totally surreal and I loved every moment of it. Definitely recommended if you are interested in the genre, or in unorthodox french cinema. Expand
  3. BillS.
    Feb 7, 2008
    9
    A French circus gone bonkers. Surreal love story.
  4. Sep 30, 2015
    8
    Delicatessen is a very visually stimulating film. Despite the impression that the description creates, the film is about as much a horrorDelicatessen is a very visually stimulating film. Despite the impression that the description creates, the film is about as much a horror movie as Army of Darkness is. Rather I would say the film is a fiendish and surreal comedy. Whether you enjoy the film or not will largely come down to taste. The acting and filmmaking are good enough to at least warrant a view so you can see for yourself. Expand
  5. Sep 3, 2010
    8
    Quirky French comedy/thriller (if you can call it that) with some great characters & all round weirdness.
    The film is almost shot entirely
    Quirky French comedy/thriller (if you can call it that) with some great characters & all round weirdness.
    The film is almost shot entirely with a sepia tint which ads to the claustrophobia of it all. Also a mention for the brilliant music by Carlos D'Alessio.
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  6. JenA.
    Aug 4, 2007
    1
    One of the worst movies I have EVER seen - from stale acting, far-fetched plot lines and poor dialogue, it's a disaster from start to One of the worst movies I have EVER seen - from stale acting, far-fetched plot lines and poor dialogue, it's a disaster from start to end. I don't know how I reached the end of the movie, possibly it was from sheer curiosity to see if the whole thing could really be that bad. But, on a different note, it perhaps may be considered a good watch for entertainment value? Expand

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