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Cold Fish Reviews

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Is it a black comedy? Is it a horror thriller? More wit and ingenuity might have made it Tarantino-esque.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 1/5

April 6, 2011
Philip French
Guardian

Overlong, drenched in blood and rather like attending a school for apprentice butchers.

Full Review Source: Guardian

April 10, 2011
Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine

Don't let me talk you out of it--after all, I'm no kibbitzer.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 0/4

July 31, 2011
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

The grisly, absurd violence of the final hour puts a wrecking ball through whatever interest this film might have accumulated.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

April 7, 2011
Shaun Munro
What Culture

Slack pacing aside, this is a disarmingly brutal, feral social satire.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 10, 2011
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

Overlong? A tad. Still, at two-and-a-half hours it's 90 minutes shy of its predecessor Love Exposure. Insane fun? Absolutely. Darkly funny and deliriously absurd in all of its bloody glory, I found it impossible to look away.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 17, 2011
Virginie SÚlavy
Electric Sheep

Just as with Suicide Club, the deliberate weirdness and detached tone of Cold Fish may initially leave audiences befuddled, but this a sign of its complexity.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

April 13, 2011
Chris Buckle
The Skinny

The climax is formidably bloody, but if you've got the stomach for it, Shion Sono's ludicrous spectacle makes for compelling viewing.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 4/5

April 13, 2011
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 3/5

August 13, 2011
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet

Smart, devious, and confrontational filmmaking from a man who's quickly becoming a master at this sort of stuff.

Full Review Source: FEARnet | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 5, 2011
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com

hilarious, harrowing

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 4, 2011
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

There are gruelling, gleeful scenes of blood-drenched murder and dismemberment that will test even the hardest stomach.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

April 14, 2011
Kevin Harley
Total Film

Gallows humour and character twists offer welcome reprieve from the largely hysterical acting and rivers of viscera.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

April 13, 2011
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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A deliciously warped wallow in misogyny, depravity and dead-eyed manipulation, "Cold Fish" charts the twisted alliance of two tropical-fish salesmen with baleful glee.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 4, 2011
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

...the audacity of plot and growing blood-and-bones in 'Cold Fish' are engrossing for those not turned off.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

February 16, 2011
Mark Olsen
Village Voice
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Cold Fish is wild, head-turning, stomach-churning stuff, and it makes a bracing addition to the overstuffed canon of serial-killer cinema.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 2, 2011
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

Cold Fish is artful and unnerving and, at times, repulsive. Its merit lies in an unrepentant willingness to be all of those things.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3/4

August 6, 2011
David Parkinson
Radio Times

Purportedly based on fact, this is knowingly played with respective manic glee, anguished regret and slinky sexuality by Denden, Fukikoshi and Kurosawa.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 7, 2011
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Sono orchestrates his tale with a skill that allows irony to match the horror and realism to dampen down the melodrama. Altogether, it's quite a feat.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

April 8, 2011
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects
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Sean Axmaker
House Next Door
October 19, 2011

New York Times
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September 14, 2011
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