Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. In Criminal Lovers, the "Bonnie and Clyde" model of killing-as-erotica gets a shrewd, funny, decidedly French workout.
  2. Both the leads are scarily good, and Ozon imbues his troubling tale with jarring blasts of light and the sun-dappled beauty of the natural world.
  3. 70
    May be as gimmicky as Ozon's other features, but it's also more resonant and even haunting.
  4. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Has its own sense of logic and integrity that demand a kind of begrudged respect.
  5. "Grimm's Fairy Tales" were pretty grim, but Criminal Lovers crosses the line and sexualizes your worst fears.
  6. Francois Ozon, perhaps France's hottest director of the moment, is often better creating stylish visuals than dramatically credible situations, but Criminal Lovers is never boring.
  7. 60
    At once arch, derivative, and, in the end, bizarrely lyrical.
  8. 60
    Imagine "Hansel and Gretel" by way of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
  9. 60
    Such an amalgam of fairy tales, old movies and tabloid stories that it never develops a life of its own.
  10. It's a passionate vision thick with eroticism, but the musky atmosphere gets a little thick and murky.
  11. Its eventual failure to make sense indicates that it's intended more as a surrealistic fable than an ordinary sex-and-violence adventure.
  12. Straddles a number of genres -- horror film, lovers on the lam, fairy tale -- and gives them all a cool, knowing spin.
  13. This remains the one and only fusion of ''Deliverance'' and ''Hansel and Gretel'' that I ever hope to see.
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  1. EdwardR.
    Aug 4, 2006
    This is a great movie. Completely unpredictable, thoroughly mesmerizing, jam-packed with homages and metaphors, and highly sexual. Francois Ozon shows his French brilliance. Full Review »