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7.0

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Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
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  1. Reviewed by: Richard James Havis
    70
    It's a fully formed film which transcends polemic by an intelligent use of the imagination.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    50
    More moving animal parts and less human pontificating would make a stronger case for a tale already rich in imagery. Another drawback is Liska, too one-dimensional to stand against Triska's overpowering performance.
  3. Mr. Svankmajer’s provocations skew toward the intellectual and the shivery rather than the pop and the visceral, and at his best, he doesn’t just get under your skin, but also deep in your head, too. Here, unfortunately, he does neither, despite some marvelous stop-motion animated sequences involving a literal moveable feast of severed animal tongues, loose eyeballs and errant brains.