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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

7.52 h 21 min200715
In 18th Century France, amongst the stinking entrails of rotting fish, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born: a genius, a monster, a murderer. Notoriously obsessed with scent, he embarks on an ever-more terrifying quest in search of the ultimate ingredient to create the most powerful perfume in the world.
Tom Tykwer
Ben WhishawAlan RickmanRachel Hurd-Wood
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4.5 out of 5 stars

589 global ratings

  1. 72% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 14% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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Abi GrovesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 April 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting story
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Thiis is a very odd story. Not for the faint of heart either and definitely try not to eat anything whilst watching this movie as you'll be instantly put off. The story of perfume is about a young man who has an excellent nose. Throughout the movie he fine tunes this ability so that he can make the most legendary perfume which effectively makes everyone believe he's an angel if he wears it. To get this perfume, Grenuoille kills 12 young attractive girls, and captures their scent. He then believes he has to catch a 13th and the only girl for this job is the daughter of a noble man. He therefore stalks this girl til he can finally kill her and capture her scent. Thus the perfume is made. Wait til you see the ending... It's mad
stinkylonglegsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 September 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not true to the book but a fairly enjoyable watch (if you ingnore the former)
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Having read the reviews saying it was true to the Patrik Suskind novel, on that recommendation I thought I would give the film a go as it is one of my favourite reads. I wondered how the director had managed to bring the story from page to screen, the answer quite simply is by missing hugely integral pieces of the story out in order to accommodate feature film running time , it simply does not do the book justice! I find it interesting that the screenwriter/director chose to edit out huge amounts of Grenouilles development particularly after he left Paris (especially his meeting of the Marquis after deciding to finally leave the cave and the development of his faux human scent). It is a fairly good watch if you are not familiar with the story, but if you are a fan of the book you may be a little dissapointed.
Daniel TinsleyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 May 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A gripping adaption
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A lot of times when a book is adapted to film it falls short leaving me feeling 'That was a shame', this wasn't one of those times. The Film really captures the feeling of 18th century Paris without overly laboring the point. The birth of Grenouille portrays some of the aspects key to the story that I expected would be missed or badly translated. Having read the book, the plot wasn't a surprise but it still gripped me, the characters are very well acted portraying the emotions key to the story perfectly. There are differences in the film but I feel that they're warranted and handled well. I would strongly recommend this film to anyone.
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Pirin AdventuresReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 May 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
not quiet as good as the book
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As our imaginations often are better than a film producers, well mine often is, it is difficult to portray a book in its truest form.
Great film, but I felt that important bits were missed out and then the ending was changed and the book was so beautiful. what a shame those bits were not put into the film.
MR S BLAKEBOROUGHReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 September 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Exceptional, artistic and visually stunning
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This film was unlike most I’ve ever seen. It was almost like a work of art or poetry. It doesn’t hold back it’s punches, particularly in the first 30 minutes. Some of the scenes might be disturbing to some. Yet the art direction and attention to historical detail was phenomenal. It’s quite long but needed every minute to tell the story effectively.
Adam PopeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 June 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Drawn-out, effectual, and uninspiring
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After reading the short, gripping and devastating book, this film was somewhat of a let down. Perhaps my expectations were too high. Ditch the slow-motion scenes, cut 33%, and you'd have a better film. Nevertheless, there were some great sets, acting was of a high calibre, and it was true enough to Suskind's book.
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Gazza (not the ex-footballer)Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 December 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Mediocre at best.
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This film failed to grip us, to the extent that we were disturbed half way through and never bothered to pick-up where we left-off. Turned out to be a total waste of £4.49!
Mr D J CollinsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 June 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
On my Top 10
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A beautifully filmed and sensuous story that takes the main protagonist (Jean-Baptiste) from adventure to adventure. British actor Ben Whishaw at his finest!
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