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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
An obsessive French perfumer with a highly developed olfactory sense and an all-consuming drive to capture the essence of love eventually resorts to murder in his unrepentant quest to find the key ingredient for his recipe in director Tom Tykwer's adaptation of author Patrick Suskind's best-selling 1985 novel. Born in a fetid fish market and raised in a dilapidated orphanage, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw) toiled his childhood away in a rank tannery run by the thuggish Grimal (Sam Douglas). Subsequently obsessed by smell, Grenouille's keen olfactory sense becomes so finely… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Tykwer loses his cinematic grip when he tries to blend murder and piety. In his hands, the two don't emulsify."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Perfume: The Story of a Murderer never tries to make Jean-Baptiste sympathetic but he's not rendered monstrous, either: He just is a victim of a passion larger and more powerful than any one man can handle."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"It's a hard film to like, but it's even harder to dismiss, simply because it's never less than absolutely fascinating."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Tykwer squeezes every possible drop of melodramatic beauty out of this material. ...But the gorgeous visuals aren't enough to keep the drama from occasionally degenerating into beautifully produced hokum."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Agree or disagree, this is a work so bold and provocative and distinctive that it demands to be seen."
‑ George Wu,
"Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is another nauseous example of style over content: a toxic tale of serial homicide set in 18th-century France that creeps you out faster than it makes you think."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"[The filmmakers] render a portrait of Paris that both delights and overwhelms the senses. This is a movie where eyes turn into noses, which may run at the many ghastly sights presented."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"[Its] off-the-charts screwiness obscures virtually all shortcomings."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Una estupenda reconstrucción histórica y un atractivo tratamiento visual son los principales valores de esta interesante aunque irregular adaptación."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"In a time when the serial killer subgenre is practically the definition of derivative, Perfume is %u2013 for better or for worse %u2013 a whiff of something uniquely fresh."
‑ Rod Gudino, Rue Morgue Magazine
"Hated this movie. Hated it."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Tykwer, best known for the ultramodern chase movie Run Lola Run, would seem an unusual choice for a period film, but he infuses the sometimes stately story with vigor; though well past two and a half hours, it never feels long."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"While you might not come away from a viewing feeling entirely satisfied, you will almost certainly have lots to talk about."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Plenty of high profile movies are about the tormented lives of artists. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer takes it up a notch: It's a legitimate artwork."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"Ghastly and horrific, entertaining and mesmerizing, and it smells fantastic."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
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