(2006)

Critic Reviews

83

Metascore

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100
The New York Times
Belongs to a school of Central European surrealism that marries nightmarish horror with formal beauty.
100
A brilliant, often grotesquely bizarre allegory on life in Hungary from World War II to the present.
100
Only for fans of the bizarre and certainly not for those with even a faintly weak stomach. But for those meeting both qualifications: Welcome to a devious little nightmare.
90
Variety
Taxidermia sets a benchmark for body horror in the cinema.
90
The Hollywood Reporter
For a film so pessimistic about mankind, Taxidermia erupts with some light-hearted technical inspiration: Cinematographer Gergely Poharnok's compositions are wickedly hilarious, while production designer Adrien Asztalos' concoctions are peculiarly gross.
90
All this helps to shape Pálfi's crudely bombastic but impressive philosophical view of the body as landscape and art, a source of personal discovery, wonder and annihilation.
67
Frequently funny, for those who can stomach it.
60
Keeping it surreal has never been so nauseating and, at times, hilarious.
50
Despite its stomach-turning images (and maybe because of), it is a daring, provocative work by a talented helmer who gets off pushing the envelope. He should be supported, no matter how outlandish he gets.

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