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Mystified

Posted at 3:00 PM on January 8, 2007 by Euan Kerr

While it's impossible to expect critics to be in lock-step over a movie, the breadth of opinion on "Perfume" is quite perplexing. No-one seems on the fence about the film: the critics seem to either love, love, love it, or hate,hate,hate it.

Take a look at the Perfume page on Rotten Tomatoes for a few examples.

"It's a film so sumptuous that afterwards you'll feel you've consumed a very, very rich meal indeed" says Time Out, while the South Florida Sun Sentinel opines "It's rare to encounter a movie as aggressive in its ridiculousness as 'Perfume:The Story of a Murderer.' So, credit where credit is due: This is an extremely ambitious terrible film."

It makes one think: what is it about this film that produces such wildly different reactions? The plot? The acting? The script? Did Jean-Baptiste Grenouille slip his mood-changing scents into some of the theaters?

This was the most compelling film I've seen in a couple of months, but I read the book when it came out 20 years ago and found it horrifyingly enthralling.

Yet it's clearly upsetting some folk. If you've seen it and have an opinion, any elucidation is welcome....

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