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  • Summary: From the writer of "Human Resources" and "With a Friend Like Harry," this thriller involves a French nursing student and a mysterious doctor.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. 75
    Marchand capably builds suspense, thanks to a twisty script and nervy performances by Lucas and Quinton.
  2. Seizes on a primal fear and flogs it for two hours.
  3. 60
    The truly creepy thing is that there's no bizarre, COMA-like conspiracy behind the malfeasance, just an awful betrayal of trust -- the kind of thing that sends an icy, paranoid chill through the blood just as the anesthetic takes hold.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ng
    50
    Too vague in its cat-and-mouse play to succeed as a psychological thriller, Who Killed Bambi? fares better as a visual exercise in white-on-whiteness.
  5. Effectively creates a menacing atmosphere within the gleaming white halls of the hospital in which it is set, but its story line and characterizations lack the sufficient originality to lift the film above its many better predecessors.
  6. Watching it is like a slow injection of a numbing anesthetic. It may send a chill to your heart, but along with it goes a warning signal to your brain not to believe a word of this hooey.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    30
    Delivers only annoyance and impatience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. ChrisH.
    Feb 20, 2006
    9
    This film deliberately fails to color within genre boundaries, a fact that resulted in the confused appraisals of many of the critics listed above. Even those critics who applauded the film judged it as a thriller, when in fact it is a dead-on social, political and philosophical allegory that is rendered in a hauntingly beautiful visual style. The lifeworld/hospital in which Dr. Phillippe and Isabelle make their limited and predetermined moves is a frightening reflection of the spectacular and fragmented media universe we all inhabit, and in which our dreams more often decay than flower. This is one of the best and least understood films in recent memory. Expand

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