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Perfect Sense (15)

Drama, Romance

A chef and a scientist fall in love as an epidemic begins to rob people of their sensory perceptions.

The critical consensus

A surprisingly optimistic film.

****(*)Miles Fielder, The List, 14/09/2011

Some people may be touched by Perfect Sense, but I suspect that it's the universal themes of love, bonding and deprivation that will haunt you after the credits roll, not the film itself.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 04/10/2011

A moving look at what it means to be human in the most extreme circumstances, this is kitchen-sink sci-fi with an aching soul.

****(*)Matt Glasby, Total Film, 04/10/2011

It’s certainly [McGregor's] best in years, and probably [director] Mackenzie’s best film to date.

****(*)Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 06/10/2011

An intriguing idea for a film that heightens all the senses.

Zara Miller, Little White Lies, 06/10/2011

It’s a movie that leaves you guiltily unimpressed while it pours its pseudo-lyrical heart out.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 06/10/2011

The sight of Eva Green gobbling a bunch of gladioli isn't piteous so much as preposterous, and the slo-mo crying jags that afflict everyone are merely tiresome.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 07/10/2011

Sublimely and uncompromisingly daft.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 06/10/2011

At times the film lacks in confidence and could rely far less on Green’s narration, especially in its conclusion.

***(*)(*)David McGinty, The Skinny, 07/10/2011

Pretentious and perfectly daft.

**(*)(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, 06/10/2011

Even if it isn’t a must-see, it’s great to see Ewan McGregor.

***(*)(*)Daily Record, 07/10/2011

Perfect Sense has some arresting scenes of social collapse, but the looting and the burnt-out buses are secondary to the script's musings on the ways we soldier on in a crisis. It's a melancholy fable that isn't afraid of being pretentious – and that's often what it is – as long as it can be haunting and lyrical, too.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 09/10/2011

It's a haunting picture, atmospherically photographed by Giles Nuttgens.

Philip French, The Observer, 09/10/2011

Hilariously pretentious, clunkily scripted and shakily acted.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 07/10/2011

Perfect Sense (15)

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday December 16, 2011, until Friday November 18, 2011. More info:

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