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Berberian Sound Studio Reviews

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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-
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 20, 2013
A one-trick pony, but it's a reasonably cool trick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 17, 2013
"Berberian Sound Studio" may be the finest tribute to the old-school cinematic craftsmanship of the sound mixer and Foley artist I've ever encountered.
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 17, 2013
Horror fiends looking for cheap thrills may be disappointed. But those with a flair for the offbeat might find themselves unnerved and riveted.
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June 14, 2013
It accomplishes the tricky task of paying homage to one type of scary movie while indulging in an entirely different style itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 14, 2013
[It's] as if someone took all the raw footage from Argento's "Suspiria," and gave it to Antonioni to recut. But, in a way, the disjointed dreaminess of it is the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 14, 2013
A clever, elliptical, slightly bizarre and altogether transfixing psychological thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 14, 2013
"Berberian Sound Studio" is spooky right up to the minute it turns stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
June 13, 2013
Mr. Strickland's movie becomes a bit of a vortex at the beginning, though its milieu is too engagingly recreated to dismiss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 13, 2013
Director Peter Strickland reaches for something more significant that he never quite finds, but by then you may be too entertained to care.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 13, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
June 13, 2013
Manages to evoke the crimson-splashed shockers of the 1970s without so much as a single frame of actual carnage.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
June 12, 2013
A twisted tribute to analog moviemaking and 1970s Italian Giallo horror flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 11, 2013
Berberian Sound Studio may scan as a psychological thriller, but it's really a lavish gift to film geeks in a lovely matryoshka box.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 11, 2013
The creepiness builds with symphonic precision until reality truly is indistinguishable from fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Matt Patches
Film.com
June 11, 2013
Mesmerizing, but the images stand alone and incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.3/10
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William Goss
MSN Movies
March 21, 2013
The first two acts are funny and fun in their moody evocation of both the period and the genre, but right around when Gilderoy starts to lose his mind, Berberian begins to lose its way.
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Globe and Mail
January 22, 2013
A treat for fans of vintage horror cinema (in particular, the experimental giallo genre) and vintage sound gear, this stylish, darkly humorous thriller locks us in a claustrophobic studio in 1970s Italy for a paranoia ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
August 28, 2012
In this era of cookie-cutter cinema, Strickland's deeply personal moral and stylistic vision deserves the highest praise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Guy Lodge
Variety
July 4, 2012
A delicately detailed immersion into the world of Z-grade Italian horror cinema that ultimately may or may not be a horror film itself ... a tense, teasing triumph.