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  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
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  1. 80
    A bummer, but one that manages to stick to its depraved convictions until the strange and bitter end.
  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. At moments, the story skirts uncomfortably close to the grotesque. But this atmospheric oddity delivers a surprisingly sensitive take on the overwhelming ache of loneliness.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    An effectively macabre and fiendishly entertaining tale of lust, unrequited love and the fine art of taxidermy.
  6. The screenplay evokes this psychosexual power struggle with perfect accuracy and finely tuned performances.
  7. A dark, unsettling drama from Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone.

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