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  • Starring: ,
  • 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 falls for the clown, she'll go to absurd lengths to foil her father's plan. (Miramax) Expand
  • Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Genre(s): Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 99 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Delicatessen is an ingeniously funny film with a surprisingly sweet romance at its center.
  2. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    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. 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.
  5. 70
    Delicatessen may be junk food, but it's served with the discretion of nouvelle cuisine. [07 Apr 1992]
  6. A smirky cleverness infects much of the picture, yet some scenes are so skillfully created that it's hard not to admire them, and Dominique Pinon's sensitive performance as a retired circus man gives the movie a soul. [10 Apr 1992]
  7. There are no characters to care about or remember afterward - just a lot of flashy technique involving decor, some glib allegorical flourishes, and the obligatory studied film-school weirdness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Cal
    Nov 9, 2008
    Brilliant film
  2. May 25, 2013
    One 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
    A French circus gone bonkers. Surreal love story.
  4. Sep 3, 2010
    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. Expand
  5. JenA.
    Aug 4, 2007
    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