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  • Summary: Based on Patrick Suskind's best-selling novel, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is set in Paris and revolves around an eccentric 18th century murderer with an extraordinary sense of smell.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. 100
    This is a dark, dark, dark film, focused on an obsession so complete and lonely it shuts out all other human experience. You may not savor it, but you will not stop watching it, in horror and fascination.
  2. 83
    Whishaw's oddly charismatic performance makes the despicable Grenouille into an almost sympathetic antihero. The rather astonishing finale will likely have audiences either howling in derision or ardently dissecting afterward. And it must have given the bluenoses at the MPAA fits.
  3. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    75
    Perfume is sure to annoy as many moviegoers as it entertains, but at least even the naysayers would find it difficult to argue that film is nothing if not a departure from the ordinary.
  4. 63
    The film, though admirably ambitious, is resolutely earthbound, mired in ick and slime and never more wooden than in the delirious climax.
  5. 58
    Perfume is ultimately an unmistakable failure, but there's a strange majesty to its epic overreaching. It can be faulted for many things, but not for lacking the courage of its convictions.
  6. It's simultaneously arty, arcane and nasty.
  7. 25
    Perfume offers eau de crud.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 45
  2. Negative: 11 out of 45
  1. JochenD.
    Jul 15, 2009
    10
    One of the best films ever made. Great direction and cinemathography, magnificent decors, great performances, great music, ... Tom Tykwer did One of the best films ever made. Great direction and cinemathography, magnificent decors, great performances, great music, ... Tom Tykwer did what Stanley Kubrick found impossible: he adapted Suskind's wonderful novel to a fantastic movie. An outstanding masterpiece. Expand
  2. JohnM.
    Jan 17, 2009
    10
    Easily in the top five best movies I've seen, and probably my new favorite movie. Extremely dark, creative, and captivating.
  3. Oct 5, 2013
    9
    this movie makes me feel that life is an art! any smell, color sound is perfect a visual beauty highlighting the most beautiful colors andthis movie makes me feel that life is an art! any smell, color sound is perfect a visual beauty highlighting the most beautiful colors and places. on the other hand shows a macabre and brutal reality of this times! Perfume is a Great an powerful Masterpiece full of love passion art music colors and murder. Expand
  4. JeffA.
    Jan 14, 2007
    8
    I thought it was visually mesmorizing, and transported the viewer into the world of a seemy and "smelly" world of a long ago France. I felt I thought it was visually mesmorizing, and transported the viewer into the world of a seemy and "smelly" world of a long ago France. I felt the main character was portrayed adeptly as this sadly inept and tortured soul, without any real sense of the world or what it was to be alive. He survived through scent and it ironically lead to his demise. [**SPOILER**] The only out of place and seemingly ridiculous scene was the orgy that made a 10 an 8. Expand
  5. scotth
    Dec 23, 2006
    7
    Very well made. If one's read the book it is hard to imagine a good film rendition of the wonderful details on smells and smelling that Very well made. If one's read the book it is hard to imagine a good film rendition of the wonderful details on smells and smelling that Suskind conveys. Nevertheless, filmmaker and actors have done a good job at portraying the essence of the story. Expand
  6. May 26, 2012
    4
    I didnt like this movie at all. It's really sadist and incredibly annoying to watch. I watched it a month ago and I still can't believe whatI didnt like this movie at all. It's really sadist and incredibly annoying to watch. I watched it a month ago and I still can't believe what I've seen. The actors are amazing and the pressure that makes me feel its weird but I dont know, I just dont feel good about it. Expand
  7. NikkiI.
    Dec 20, 2007
    0
    One of the dumbest movies I have ever seen that tries to be so much more. I must admit that the first hour or so is good, at best, but the One of the dumbest movies I have ever seen that tries to be so much more. I must admit that the first hour or so is good, at best, but the ending was so completely absurd and ridiculous I had a hard time just trying to get through it. Its disappointing, as I was told this was a relatively good movie... but it was garbage. Absolute garbage. Expand

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