La sindrome di Stendhal (The Stendhal Syndrome)
La sindrome di Stendhal (The Stendhal Syndrome) (1996)

The title affliction causes sufferers to react to paintings in extreme and bizarre ways. In the case of police detective Anna Manni, she swoons and feels herself entering hallucinatory versions of the artwork she sees. This Italian… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 26, 1996
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2000
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

The Argentos-both the director and the actress-don't hold back in conveying the intensity of sexual violence in both physical and psychological terms, and the film is at its best when it drives us deep into its fractured aftermath.

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Staci Layne Wilson

...strange, and suspenseful.

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Peter Henne
Film Journal International

Syndrome's bloody, flipped-out rapes may offend the politically correct, but its underlying concept is gripping.

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Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review

The film should be approached ... less as delirious exploitation and more as a maturing director's next evolution ....

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Downright stupid run-of-the-mill misogynist serial killer fare.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

serves as a devastating, nihilistic attack on the failures--and fascinatingly, the successes--of Argento's oeuvre to this point.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

The Stendhal Syndrome considerably improves after multiple viewings.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
_kelly .King
For Argento, this a 3/5, for any other director it could easily be a 4/5. I'll keep the better moments in mind and rate this 3.5 then. Some moments of… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
A disappointing Dario Argento movie! Dumb story, about a Police Woman (Asia Argento) with a rare condition called "The Stendhal Syndrome" where… More
Stephen M
I don't find myself saying this about most recent Dario Argento, where the holes in the plot only widen under scrutiny, but this film actually improves… More
Sylvester Kuo
Argento has always had interesting premises for his films but this is one of my least favourite of all Argento films (along with Giallo), largely due to the… More
Robert C
While a bit self indulgent at times...this was an interesting film, especially visually. While not perfect, one who has followed Asia Argento's work can… More
Marcus Woolcott
I'm starting to wonder if I've already seen the best of Argento as this was bloody awful.