Joe McGovern
July 20, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
147 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/27/06
performer
Dustin Hoffman, Ben Whishaw, Alan Rickman
director
Tom Tykwer
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Andrew Birkin, Bernd Eichinger, Caroline Thompson, Tom Tykwer
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B-

Lavish, gothic, and perverse, this 18th-century crime story centers on a catlike peasant who kills women in order to bottle their scent. Director Tom Tykwer’s dark, gorgeous atmospherics — he cleverly manifests odor via nostril close-ups and voluptuous music — make up for the bewigged blustering of hammy supporting players Dustin Hoffman and Alan Rickman. But the EXTRAS, only a toothless 13-minute making-of, stink. The bonkers finale of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer — a mass orgy requiring 750 extras and five days to shoot — is addressed for a mere 20 seconds. B-

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