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A post-apocalyptic future becomes the setting for pitch black humor in this visually intricate French comedy. The action takes place within a single apartment complex, which is owned by the same man that operates the downstairs butcher shop. It's a particularly popular place to live, thanks to the butcher's uncanny ability to find excellent cuts of meat despite the horrible living conditions outside. The newest building superintendent, a former circus clown, thinks he has found an ideal living situation. All that changes, however, when he discovers the true source of the butcher's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With its molelike inhabitants, its sprawling war between flesh-eaters and lentil-men, its achingly sweet love story and surrealist blend of dusty antiquities and 21st-century gizmos, Delicatessen is indescribably wild."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"With their detached, sardonic and decidedly sick slant, Jeunet and Caro have served up a burnt-to-a-crisp feast."
‑ Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
"The movie, take it from me, is a lot more fun to sit through than to describe in a single sentence."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"A must see, Delicatessen is an absolute delight and a bizarrely madcap experience."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Like a light-hearted Brazil it conjures up imagery of such impact, and such resonant subject matter that it will (...) affect audiences for generations to come."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"All of this is handled in a breezy, off-handed, nutsy manner, as the superb cast combines to help bring it off."
‑ Clifford Terry, Chicago Tribune
"There are no characters to care about or remember afterward -- just a lot of flashy technique involving decor, some glib allegorical flourishes, and the obligatory studied film-school weirdness."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Bizarre, brilliant, but wayward in its dénouement."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"What will filmmakers Jeunet and Caro serve for dessert in their next movie? Something equally daring, one hopes -- but more thoroughly cooked and a bit easier to swallow."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Serves up a stew that seems to be made of a little of everything from one hundred years of screen comedy, seasoned with Grand Guignol. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Delicatessen is a fearsomely intense movie that mixes moods with formidable assurance."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"A zany little film that's a startling and clever debut for co-helmers Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro made a brilliant feature film debut with this bizarre and visually stunning comedy about cannibalism."
‑ , Film4
"Sweet, sinister and endearingly scruffy."
‑ , Total Film
"[A] black-hearted black comedy, directed as if it were a living cartoon."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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