• Unrated, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Peter Strickland
    In Theaters:
    Jun 14, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Dec 10, 2013
  • IFC Films

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Berberian Sound Studio Reviews

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Andy Lea
Daily Star

By the last half hour the film has descended into a procession of totally un-scary and mostly boring random images.

Full Review Source: Daily Star | Original Score: 1/5

October 30, 2012
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

Unfortunately, this film enters Lynchian territory (read: it makes zero sense) in the last act and in an act of cinematic proctology, it disappears up its own arse.

Full Review Source: The Aristocrat | Original Score: 2/5

September 27, 2012
Matt Patches
Film.com
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Mesmerizing, but the images stand alone and incomplete.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: 5.3/10

June 11, 2013
Alex Zane
Sun Online

The final third is nonsense and in danger of resembling a Monty Python sketch at one point.

Full Review Source: Sun Online

September 3, 2012
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

Nothing much happens and when it does (possibly in Gilderoy's head) it's completely bemusing.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

August 31, 2012
Jordan Hoffman
Badass Digest

It's rare for a movie to be so cool yet also be so disappointing.

Full Review Source: Badass Digest | Original Score: C

September 9, 2012
Brad Miska
Bloody Disgusting

While beautifully crafted, it's impossible to recommend this to anyone who hopes to have an entertaining movie-going experience.

Full Review Source: Bloody Disgusting | Original Score: 1.5/5

September 11, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Fans of Dario Argento and Mario Bava will appreciate the references. Even for newcomers, there are minor chords to enjoy. If only there were less screaming.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

June 13, 2013
Staci Layne Wilson
StaciWilson.com

I appreciated the caressing style of the cinematography, fetishizing and sexualizing even the most inanimate and mundane recording equipment and sound-related props, but it's overall hollow and unsatisfying.

Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com

November 6, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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"Berberian Sound Studio" is spooky right up to the minute it turns stupid.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

June 14, 2013
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...even the most astute viewer will be hard pressed to explain what the heck is going on here...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1/4

September 12, 2012
Matt Singer
ScreenCrush

The movie Gilderoy's editing begins to feel more real than the one we're actually watching.

Full Review Source: ScreenCrush | Original Score: 5/10

September 26, 2012
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

Definitely a curiosity piece, but one gets the sneaking suspicion it wasn't also meant to be an inert one.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2/4

June 17, 2013

...almost seems like the result of a perverse Lars von Trier exercise: make a movie that's a tribute to a particular genre without showing any elements that are the actual hallmarks of it.

Full Review Source: Nerdist

September 26, 2012
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

Some are hailing it as a masterpiece. I'd say it's a missed opportunity.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

August 30, 2012
Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist

You might shuffle in your seat a little during the film, but like last year's other unnerving British surprise, Kill List...you come out of the theater on edge and off kilter, amazed at the craft displayed.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: A-

June 13, 2013
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post

The narrative rule of thumb is show, don't tell, but this film does the opposite, to sinister effect.

Full Review Source: National Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 22, 2013
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered

Don't rush your judgement. Once you let Berberian Sound Studio actually sink in, you'll realize just how beautiful Strickland's mind-melting experience actually is.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 6/10

June 18, 2013
Jamie Neish
HeyUGuys

What Berberian Sound Studio accomplishes is a return to a more basic style of film-making than we've become accustomed to in recent years.

Full Review Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 5/5

August 13, 2012
Adam Charles
Film School Rejects

Fantastic in the technical aspects of cinematography and especially sound-mixing. Toby Jones is as reliable as he always is and the movie never really bores you.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: B-

January 22, 2013
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