Catfish Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
Is is all a stunt staged for the cameras? If so, then why isn't it more interesting?
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
December 9, 2013
definitely eerie and scary, though not in the traditional sense
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
November 12, 2013
In a classic case of filmmakers prioritizing their own pitch over the actual goods, Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost put Schulman's toothy-grinned brother Nev front and center as he investigates his fishy long-distance Facebook crush.
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
A film in which we spend an hour with these three dopes from Soho should have dispensed with each of them and just focused on this fascinating, lonely, quietly powerful woman from Michigan.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 19, 2013
Fascinating, if far-fetched film of a real life game of online Liar's Poker exposing the perils of Internet romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
September 28, 2012
Catfish is a unique documentary - like Capturing The Friedmans, it starts as one thing and mutates into a completely different, terrifying animal halfway through.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
July 12, 2012
Socially interesting and emotionally affecting, but also highly irritating.
Full Review | Original Score: 66/100
Philippa Warr
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
It's gripping, heartfelt and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, only let down by a directionless ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
June 21, 2011
Catfish certainly feels real enough to leave you with a stunned feeling at its finale and a nagging suspicion that the world is an even stranger place than you imagined.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dominic Corry
Flicks.co.nz
May 16, 2011
I was utterly enthralled from the first frame to the last.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
April 5, 2011
Worth seeing.
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
Something here really smells just like the word used in the title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marc Fennell
Triple J
March 1, 2011
Whether its real or not is irrelevant. Catfish is an amazing, tense, charming, soulful, utterly surprising portrait about technology & psychology
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
January 27, 2011
I applaud the makers of Catfish for the way in which they've made and marketed their movie. They're selling it as something different... and that's a big reason why I liked it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground
January 24, 2011
The true, almost nightmarish beauty of Catfish is the all too crystal clear mirror it holds up to its audience.
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
January 23, 2011
If Inception had you jokingly wonder what is real and what is fake, Catfish will have you frantically scrambling around for totems to spin just to double check the veracity of the existence of yourself and the people around you.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
January 22, 2011
Starting like any amateur video of a family member, Catfish is so poorly shot we could be excused for thinking that it was made to look as amateur as possible to enhance its street cred as a 'real find'
Peter Galvin
sbs.com.au
January 20, 2011
The trouble is the filmmakers seem to be stylists and opportunists; Catfish has the slick gloss of hipster media magazine journalism. Its deeper questions are never probed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Clem Bastow
The Vine
January 20, 2011
It's a stunning dismantling of Facebook and the society of the spectacle (thanks, Debord) that goes along with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
January 13, 2011
Catfish reveals in the most surprising of ways why a social network created by a lonely teenage introvert is, in a word, fishy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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