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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. From start to finish Garrone charges The Embalmer, a richly visual film, with an effective ambiguity and sense of foreboding.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    80
    Director Matteo Garrone's measured approach and soulfully humane focus combine to dignify the characters, allowing the tale of solitude, longing and sorrow to inch quietly under the viewer's skin.
  3. 80
    Skillfully directed and adroitly acted.
  4. The movie, a keen look at the way passion unravels and obsession destroys, creates a black mood, a sense of truth and an enduring chill that stay with you.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    An effectively macabre and fiendishly entertaining tale of lust, unrequited love and the fine art of taxidermy.
  6. 70
    Mahieux, who is superb, methodically paint Peppino as a man for whom solitude is torture.
  7. A dark, unsettling drama from Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone.

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