Delicatessen (1991)

The French-filmed Delicatessen is set several years after a nuclear war has wiped out most of humanity. An ex-circus clown tries to get work as a butcher's assistant. He never asks himself why this job is always open, nor what has… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: May 2, 2006
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet deftly combines horror, sci-fi, and humor in Delicatessen, a morbid comedy set in a visually ravishing futuristic dystopia.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

With their detached, sardonic and decidedly sick slant, Jeunet and Caro have served up a burnt-to-a-crisp feast.

Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

The movie, take it from me, is a lot more fun to sit through than to describe in a single sentence.

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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune

All of this is handled in a breezy, off-handed, nutsy manner, as the superb cast combines to help bring it off.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Bizarre, brilliant, but wayward in its dénouement.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

Delicatessen is a fearsomely intense movie that mixes moods with formidable assurance.

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Variety Staff

A zany little film that's a startling and clever debut for co-helmers Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro.

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Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro made a brilliant feature film debut with this bizarre and visually stunning comedy about cannibalism.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A former clown lives in a tenement that features several quirky characters including a cannibalistic butcher. Super Reviewer Alice Shen contends that… More
Mike S
France in a not-too-distant, post-apocalyptic future. A grim and filthy existence, where the shortage of food have turned some into desperate acts of… More
Emily Armstrong
This is exactly like Brazil. That is to say, the movies look really really similar, in thier cluttered sets, quirky characters and post-apocalyptic yet casual… More
Melvin White
"This is a job for the Australian!" This is no where near as good as Jeunets masterpiece Amelie; but it is still a very quirky and entertaining film.… More
EightThirty .
05/01/2011 (DVD) <b>Quite good!</b> An unusual setting with unusual characters which made this an unusually good movie. It is a flick with… More
Alice Shen
This film is kinda the nail in the coffin of my assertion that Jean-Pierre Jeunet had one great idea (<i>Amelie</i>), and everything else is just a… More