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  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
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  1. De la Iglesia is a mercilessly agile talent.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    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. 70
    A seamless mix of satire and suspense, with inspired performances by Toledo and Monica Cervera.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Gianni Truzzi
    Far from perfect, but it only commits minor infractions of inconsistency and zeal for every plot twist.
  7. Reviewed by: Jorge Morales
    At its most ludicrously self-referential, the film achieves the perfect meta-moment when Toledo, seeking pointers on how to get away with murder, buys a copy of "Dial M for Murder" (released in Spain as Perfect Crime) and notices the title scans incorrectly as Ferpect Crime.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. sal
    Aug 26, 2005
    Truly a spanish film and wonderful.
  2. Pussycat1
    Aug 22, 2005
    Hilarious black comedy.
  3. BobE.
    Sep 15, 2005
    Sex and violence meet in the fitting room and have a wildly funny tryst.
  4. 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 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. Collapse
  5. KenG.
    Sep 16, 2005
    Edgy, fun, funny, well acted, and done in great style.