• Released
  • December 27, 2006
  • R , 2 hr 25 min
  • Art House/Foreign
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Synopsis
In 18th-century France a perfumist's obsessive quest for an elusive scent turns murderous.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is a dark, dark, dark film, focused on an obsession so complete and lonely it shuts out all other human experience. You may not savor...
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Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Most horror movies try to show us the man inside the monster, so we'll empathize with his moral dilemmas or feel his suffering. Perfume:...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
This is a crazy, gorgeous, disturbing, darkly comic horror story about an early-18th-century Frenchman born in a Paris fish market without...
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
It is to director Tykwer's credit that, although you never come close to understanding Jean-Baptiste, you don't turn your nose up at him,...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Perfume misses some of the subtler base notes of S├╝skind's creepier, more self-aware original, but Whishaw and Tykwer blend the movie into...
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The Hollywood Reporter

Long regarded as unfilmable, Patrick Suskind's 1985 novel "Perfume" has finally reached the screen in a blockbuster production that...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Perfume is a pitch-black period epic of squalor and enterprise.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Weaves a sensual spell of extraordinary delicacy, then sustains it -- up to a point.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
There are sniff movies and there are snuff movies, but Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is both. It has the bouquet of balm and blood....
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This isn't pleasant to watch. Neither is it amusing, intellectually engaging, whimsically fascinating, coldly satirical or painfully...
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Rated R | For aberrant behavior involving nudity, violence, sexuality, and disturbing images