—Kristine McKenna Los Angeles Times
The story--about a beautiful opera singer falling captive to an evil doctor, his fetishistic housekeeper, and the doc's innocent piano tuner--is only important in that it gives the Quays a foundation for their fabulous animated tableaux.
—Karen Wilson Village Voice
Not everyone will accept, but those who do are guaranteed a unique experience.
—Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times
...a tragic fairy tale drenched in otherworldly visual splendor.
—Nick Schager Slant Magazine
Mainstream audiences will be put off by the lack of a straightforward narrative, but adventurous moviegoers will find pleasure in the hypnotic originality of the images.
—V. A. Musetto New York Post
...combines live action and their trademark animation into a creepy, glittering object whose dreamlike quality are mesmerizing to a particular kind of sensibility.
—Maitland McDonagh TV Guide
For awhile, anyway, the sheer oddness of the Quays' vision pulls you in like a magnet.
—Tim Knight Reel
Perhaps the film will connect with those attuned to the Quays' allusive wavelength, much as a dog responds to a whistle. Others won't hear a thing.
—Scott Tobias Onion AV Club
This opaque tale offers meticulously crafted atmosphere, but rather less passion or drama.
—Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times
...wants to haunt your dreams, it has a better chance of production-designing you to death.
—Tim Grierson LA Weekly