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A dark and gruesome thriller reminiscent of David Fincher's Seven, this freshman effort from German director Robert Schwentke finds an unmotivated young detective roped into helping a seasoned veteran solve a case in which people are literally skinned for their tattoos and brutally murdered. Schrader (August Diehl) is a lazy, hard-partying cop who barely passed his academy training, only to settle in for an undemanding desk job upon graduation. His bid for the easy life is soon spoiled when Chief Inspector Minks (Christian Redl) blackmails him into working for homicide after catching him… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Stylish and engaging despite its over-reliance on the conventions of the thriller genre."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"A nasty, intelligent and complex thriller."
‑ John Patterson, L.A. Weekly
"It's all as pointless as body modification."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It looks great, has an excellent cast and is effectively creepy at first. But try as it does, it just winds up falling into the lame generic Hollywood homicide thriller mold."
‑ Eric Campos, Film Threat
"An assured piece of genre filmmaking that delivers the goods so stylishly it hardly matters that they aren't fresh."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The premise of this film might be halfway original, but the execution is wholly derivative."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"For all its oversights, absurdities and unconnected dots, Tattoo succeeds in getting under your skin."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Dark and interesting, the film looks very good and has an intriguing enough plot that we stay connected to it."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A stylish, involving, unremittingly grim and, it must be stated, almost wholly derivative hodge-podge of hard-boiled American crime thrillers. The surfeit mood catches and holds your attention, sometimes in spite of yourself."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"If you had the stomach for "Seven," you'll enjoy the German translation."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"An engrossing and original police procedural of bleak, steel-gray images and high style."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A very stylish variation on The Silence of the Lambs and Seven."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Without the benefit of an equally manipulative script, Schwentke's attempts to appal us eventually just bore."
‑ Jamie Russell,
"Tattoo has the same buddy-cop dynamic as the David Fincher film and, likewise, is preoccupied with beautiful lighting, rain machines and grotesque mutilations. It's watchable but it never quite rises above being a mannered knockoff."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"Its engaging simplicity is driven by appealing leads."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
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