Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21

Critic Reviews

  1. De la Iglesia is a mercilessly agile talent.
  2. It's great fun, propelled by a terrific musical score by Roque Banos that combines the hammering doom of Bernard Herrmann, the antic jollity of Nino Rota and the urgent sprints of Lalo "Mission: Impossible" Schifrin--often in the same crazy scene.
  3. 80
    Writer-director Alex de la Iglesia's bouncy, swaggering satire of ethics-deficient, survival-of-the-fittest free enterprise, peopled by broad grotesques and hysterical caricatures, adds Chabrolian callousness to a cartoonish worldview reminiscent of Frank Tashlin or Joe Dante at their most frenzied.
  4. 80
    El Crimen Perfecto is a joyride that leaves you feeling drunk and dizzy and swearing that you haven't touched a drop.
  5. Tremendously funny and entertaining.
  6. With his caustic humor, director de la Iglesia is being billed as "the next Almodovar."
  7. 75
    If anyone is capable of pulling off a deviled screwball with cheeky panache, it's de la Iglesia, who's one of the world's great nutty directors yet to find the American following he so richly deserves.
  8. Mr. Toledo's performance as the shallow and cowardly, yet strangely sympathetic Rafael is a wonder of comic timing, while Ms. Cervera is unforgettable as Lourdes, the ugly duckling who becomes not a swan, but a monster.
  9. 70
    A seamless mix of satire and suspense, with inspired performances by Toledo and Monica Cervera.
  10. 70
    As it progresses from black comedy to something approaching surreal horror, El Crimen Perfecto swells into a nightmare reminiscent of Griffin Dunne's journey through Soho hell in "After Hours."
  11. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Jim Fusilli
    Fits nicely among the contemporary comedies that teeter at the brink of delivering messages of one sort or another, but are in fact, nothing more than lots of fun. Which is no small achievement.
  12. Far from perfect, but it only commits minor infractions of inconsistency and zeal for every plot twist.
  13. Hitchcock and Almodóvar this film isn't, but it's a worthwhile and fairly amusing effort.
  14. 63
    Fast, frantic and furious, but it is not steadily funny. While not boring, it is too light to be taken seriously.
  15. My advice is to choose the first half, where things are really funny until they aren't.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. EdwardC.
    Nov 5, 2005
    I thought the story was really well conceived for what it was and what it wasn't. This style of film requires all reality to be left at I thought the story was really well conceived for what it was and what it wasn't. This style of film requires all reality to be left at the box office. That green face with cleaver in head popping up everywhere was a real Hoot! No American or Anglo would ever think of it. Full Review »
  2. KenG.
    Sep 16, 2005
    Edgy, fun, funny, well acted, and done in great style.
  3. BobE.
    Sep 15, 2005
    Sex and violence meet in the fitting room and have a wildly funny tryst.