Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

"Perfume" is a terrifying story of murder and obsession set in 18th-century France. Jean-Baptiste Grenouille has a unique talent for discerning the scents and smells that swirl around him, which he uses to create the world's… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 27, 2006
DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Perfume is what you'd expect from a Tom Twyker-directed movie glamorizing a serial killer: a kinetic visual feast, with a dark antihero that's impossible to feel sympathy for.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Tykwer loses his cinematic grip when he tries to blend murder and piety. In his hands, the two don't emulsify.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

David Keyes

I despise this movie, more or less, for the promises it squanders.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

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.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

[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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's a hard film to like, but it's even harder to dismiss, simply because it's never less than absolutely fascinating.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Hated this movie. Hated it.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

[Its] off-the-charts screwiness obscures virtually all shortcomings.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Some nice production design but so loathsome that hardly makes it worth looking at.
xGary Xx
A French peasant boy born with a remarkably acute sense of smell becomes obsessed with capturing the scent of beautiful young girls leading him to murder. I… More
Christian C
Great costumes and good acting. But the story's a bit...odd. Not a satisfying conclusion at all.
Jennifer D
I think I am lost as to what the critics didn't like about this. It was stunningly shot, completely visceral. Smell, like taste, is something that is… More
Chris Weber
An arthouse film involving obsession, murder, and...perfume? Odd, but intriguing. The broad concept (a man with a highly developed sense of smell, one that is… More
Greg S
A man is born In 18th century France with a preternatural sense of smell; he becomes obsessed with creating a perfume to reproduce the scent of a beautiful… More