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80
The odd conclusion renders it somewhat oblique, but Perfume is a feast for the senses.
70
Long regarded as unfilmable, Patrick Suskind's 1985 novel "Perfume" has finally reached the screen in a blockbuster production that succeeds reasonably well in achieving what many said was beyond the scope of cinema: conveying the world of scent and smell.
70
Variety
The seductive, sensory prose of Patrick Suskind's bestseller, "Perfume," reaches the screen with loads of visual panache but only intermittent magic.
70
Salon.com
A memorable and outrageous movie, but one more likely to be remembered as a massive folly than a whopping success.
63
Deeply flawed though it may be, Perfume is a challenging motion picture, and one whose impressions are not easily shaken.
60
Village Voice
It's a noble experiment in pushing the limits of cinema, but Tykwer never achieves true profundity.
58
The A.V. Club
Perfume is ultimately an unmistakable failure, but there's a strange majesty to its epic overreaching. It can be faulted for many things, but not for lacking the courage of its convictions.
50
Wall Street Journal
Weaves a sensual spell of extraordinary delicacy, then sustains it -- up to a point.
40
What's missing is less a sense of the protagonist's inner nose (which is very well-trammeled) as a sense of his inner life, motivation or desire.
30
Try as it might to be refined and provocative, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer never rises above the pedestrian creepiness of its conceit.

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