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  • Summary: A grisly story in which teenager Alice convinces her boyfriend Luc to kill the man who orchestrated her rape. The two become lost while disposing of the body in the woods and fall into the hands of a hermit who takes them captive.
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  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. 60
    Such an amalgam of fairy tales, old movies and tabloid stories that it never develops a life of its own.
  5. 60
    At once arch, derivative, and, in the end, bizarrely lyrical.
  6. 60
    Imagine "Hansel and Gretel" by way of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
  7. 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
    9
    This is a great movie. Completely unpredictable, thoroughly mesmerizing, jam-packed with homages and metaphors, and highly sexual. Francois Ozon shows his French brilliance. Expand