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 Süskind'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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Stunning Visuals and an Original Plot

By Donald2046
The directors attention to detail coupled with the performances given by Ben Whishaw and Alan Rickman give this film a definate edge. It's a thriller film presented in the form of a somewhat...

The Scent of Murder ...

By jc smith
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is a fascinating exploration of smell via sight, inundating the viewer with visual impressions meant to evoke something more than ... visuals. The movie enticingly...

Extremely Weird

By cjtolmie
But also entertaining. I high recommend....

Definitely In My Top 3 Worst Movies of All Time

By dbasset1
All of my friends and I agree that this is one of the most terrible movies on this planet rivaling Mars Attacks. The opening scene is enough to make most sick. Although the story had an interesting...

Good Movie

By bigrob919
The movie was well worth watching and hopefully will get a wider release....

Beautiful Movie. Will make you feel invincible.

By Valdo
This movie will make you miss your exit. Becareful. Especially if you are a chemist or into Organic chemistry and have an understanding of Fats and oils, it's purification and extraction. " Dustin...

Initially disturbing but worth it

By Nake
The opening scenes are graphic and horrible with the displays of filthy, putrid, and nausea-provoking images. But make it though that and you'll have yourself quite a nice movie and an interesting...

How does "Perfume" end???

By rb_in_chicago
Could someone please tell me how "Perfume" ends? I went to see it and the film broke about 2 hours into the movie - just as Grenouille put the completed vila of perfume in his pocket and was...


By aztwhite
This movie could not have been lamer! My husband and I both hated it. What a disappointment! We rarely treat ourselves to a movie in a theatre, and this one wasn't even worth it!!! Take my advice...

Go Ahead, Take a Whiff

By moviemandarin
Two things I look for in a movie: (1)it takes me somewhere I've never been before (and I'm not speaking geographically) and (2) I don't know what's going to happen one scene to the next. Perfume: The...

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Rated R | For aberrant behavior involving nudity, violence, sexuality, and disturbing images