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Berberian Sound Studio Reviews

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David N. Butterworth
November 8, 2015
An intriguing and clever-sounding idea that unfortunately loses its way in the translation from script to screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Weinberg
August 26, 2015
Poses some compelling questions about the emotional and mental impact of making dark, violent, disturbing films.
Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects
June 2, 2014
Berberian Sound Studio follows Hitchcock's doctrine fully: what information audiences fill in with their imagination is always more horrifying than anything that can be filmed
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jonathan Romney
December 31, 2013
If you're open to films that fearlessly twist the conventions, and that mine the language of sound and image for their own strange potential, you'll get a kick from this rivetingly inventive, abrasively un-British piece of nightmare cinema.
Sam Davies
Sight and Sound
December 31, 2013
Berberian Sound Studio refuses such a climax: it at once celebrates giallo and takes it apart, disassembling it like Derren Brown explaining an illusion.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 10, 2013
This twisty psychological horror yarn from writer/director Peter Strickland is the best kind, one that is open to many interpretations but can be enjoyed on its own creepy and insinuating surface.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
October 4, 2013
While it's a loving homage to movies like Dario Argento's Suspiria and is crafted with tons of style, it leaves out one key ingredient: being even remotely scary.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 16, 2013
A movie that may whisper dark secrets into your ears at night, when you're trying to forget it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
August 7, 2013
...stylishly creepy psycho-thriller that pays homage to the Italian horror scene of the '70s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette
August 2, 2013
For much of British director Peter Strickland's Berberian Sound Studio, not much actually happens. But for the devoted cinephile, it's utterly entrancing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 1, 2013
Radishes, cabbages and melons meet horrific ends in Berberian Sound Studio, a down-the-earhole psychodrama where what you hear is more terrifying than what you see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
July 11, 2013
Ultimately, Berberian Sound Studio is just an exercise in meta -- a movie more about generating sensations than making sense -- but it's provocative and effective in the way it shows how a movie doesn't have to be "real" to be disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Macklin
July 6, 2013
Berberian Sound Studio is a film for critics. General public -- come at your own risk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 4, 2013
Writer/director Peter Strickland intriguingly weaves into the story a movie-within-a-movie that we barely see, but we hear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Sawin
June 28, 2013
It messes with your head in ways that is impressive, but it also seems too abstract for its own good at times. Its unsettling atmosphere and strong performances make Berberian Sound Studio one of the more distinct psychological thrillers out there.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
June 21, 2013
A sometimes interesting, sometimes head-scratching movie that pays homage to the old ways of the sound mixing world and to the "giallo" genre of horror that was prominent in Italy during the 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 21, 2013
Regardless of what you call it, it's a highly accomplished, intelligent, and effective piece of work, perhaps the best genre film I've seen since The Innkeepers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
June 21, 2013
Fans of Dario Argento and Mario Bava films take notice.
Full Review | Original Score: B plus
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
June 20, 2013
[It] not only exploits one of cinema's most important modes, it also attempts something more difficult: turning a genre movie into a work of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marc Mohan
June 20, 2013
"Berberian" fascinatingly lays bare the meticulous complexity of audio dubbing in the analog era.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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