Tattoo (1981) - Rotten Tomatoes


Tattoo (1981)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Tattoo Photos

Movie Info

Bruce Dern plays obsessed tattoo artist Karl Kinski who kidnaps attractive model Maddy (Maud Adams) and uses her body as his glorified canvas. In an advertisement for this rather misogynistic film was a picture of a woman's bare legs bound at the ankles--which caused much controversy at the time of its release.


Bruce Dern
as Karl Kinsky
John Getz
as Buddy
Alan Leach
as Customer
Lex Monson
as Dudley
B.J. Cirell
as Porno Girl
Henry Dibling
as Bing Make-Up
Orlando Dole
as Taxi Driver
Robert Hitt
as House Buyer
Kate McGregor-Stewart
as Pregnant Wife
Don Jay
as Musician
Jack Davidson
as Boat Captain
Shunshin Kan
as Japanese Tattoo Artist
Richard McGonagle
as Texan's Friend #1
Harold Mandel
as Texan's Friend #2
Frank Santos
as Sanchez
View All

Critic Reviews for Tattoo

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Tattoo is a flaccid, rancid and astonishingly tedious melodrama making a theatrical appearance before landing on the pay TV screen at 1 or 2 in the morning where it belongs.

April 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Aside from Dern, the only other redeeming value of Tattoo is Arthur Ornitz's evocative camera work.

May 27, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

As Kinksy, Dern offers the best of what he can do, giving us a character who is in some respects, neither man nor monster, but a different species entirely.

July 29, 2018 | Full Review…

As sleazy a viewing experience as one might expect from a movie in which Bruce Dern kidnaps Maud Adams and scribbles all over her.

August 31, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Overheated psychological horror schlock.

January 12, 2006 | Rating: 1/5

An effectively creepy psychological thriller with Bruce Dern at his unhinged best.

October 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Tattoo

One of Dern's trademark unbalanced psyche roles.

Steve Strange
Steve Strange

Super Reviewer

Tattoo Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features