• Released
  • July 21, 2000
  • NR , 1 hr 30 min
  • Suspense/Thriller
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San Francisco Examiner

By Wesley Morris
In Criminal Lovers, the "Bonnie and Clyde" model of killing-as-erotica gets a shrewd, funny, decidedly French workout.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Both the leads are scarily good, and Ozon imbues his troubling tale with jarring blasts of light and the sun-dappled beauty of the natural world.
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
"Grimm's Fairy Tales" were pretty grim, but Criminal Lovers crosses the line and sexualizes your worst fears.
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New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
Francois Ozon, perhaps France's hottest director of the moment, is often better creating stylish visuals than dramatically credible situations, but Criminal Lovers is never boring.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Imagine "Hansel and Gretel" by way of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
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Mr. Showbiz

By Michael Atkinson
At once arch, derivative, and, in the end, bizarrely lyrical.
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Sean Axmaker
It's a passionate vision thick with eroticism, but the musky atmosphere gets a little thick and murky.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Its eventual failure to make sense indicates that it's intended more as a surrealistic fable than an ordinary sex-and-violence adventure.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
Straddles a number of genres -- horror film, lovers on the lam, fairy tale -- and gives them all a cool, knowing spin.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
This remains the one and only fusion of ''Deliverance'' and ''Hansel and Gretel'' that I ever hope to see.
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59 out of 100
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