Cold Souls Reviews

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Ray Pride
Newcity
April 8, 2014
Eccentric without ever becoming unduly whimsical, Sophie Barthes' surrealism-lite "Cold Souls" (which she tenders a co-film-by with Andrij Parekh) pirouettes within the same school as Charlie Kaufman's dance floor.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 29, 2011
By the time Barthes' screenplay descends into a psychodrama of infancy, we're beyond caring.
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
December 30, 2010
Fanciful tale is fun for grownups; won't appeal to kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2010
Barthes' execution is flat, philosophically empty and mostly boring. But you can't call it soulless (no, not even when it's a zinger of a pun to finish the review with).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Perri Nemiroff
CinemaBlend.com
August 12, 2010
Barthes introduces a captivating concept provoking a number of philosophical questions, but never answers them making the film unsettling and difficult to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2 1/2
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
The nature and value of the human soul is thoughtfully and humorously explored.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 15, 2010
Sophie Barthes' debut feature is a surreal blend of witty comedy and reflective %u2014 please excuse the expression %u2014 soul searching.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.8/10
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
March 12, 2010
Feels like "Being John Malkovich" but funny nonetheless. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ian Berriman
SFX Magazine
December 1, 2009
If you could buy Cold Souls in flatpack form from IKEA, when you laid out all the parts on the living room floor they'd look a lot like the components for a Charlie Kaufman movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Giles Hardie
Unknown2
November 26, 2009
You'd say that Cold Souls is strange, but strange doesn't begin to describe this darkly humorous, concept film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
November 26, 2009
Cold Souls is imitation Kaufman, written and directed by newcomer Sophie Barthes, who makes no effort to hide the source of her inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
November 26, 2009
The result is a deliciously deadpan piece of absurdism with some unexpectedly poignant touches.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
November 26, 2009
In Cold Souls, it is time for more metaphysical mucking about with an actor playing a pretentiously remixed version of his real self.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
November 26, 2009
There's added appeal thanks to Barthes' silly but fun film via the outstanding cinematography by her collaborator, Andrij Parekh, whose arty lighting and careful framing make the film a visual treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 26, 2009
Barthes' first film indicates a fearless, imaginative writer/director with a great deal more to offer audiences with her future projects; if Cold Souls isn't always easy to warm to, it certainly lights the fire of a talent worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
November 24, 2009
An uneasy mix of comedy and ideas, which flatters both itself and its audience that it's smarter and wryer than it really is.
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
November 22, 2009
Much of cinema is so predictable these days. Cold Souls isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Adams
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 22, 2009
Smart and funny, it's an amusing showcase for a great idea and the terrific Giamatti.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
November 20, 2009
I love the bizarreness of the premise about a man who feels so heavy by the weight of his soul he puts it into cold storage, and although Cold Souls doesn't quite gel in the final analysis, there is much about this dream-inspired film that is wonderful
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
November 13, 2009
Cold Souls is odd and gloomy but the deadpan comedy and introspective musings are engaging and Giamatti's tour de force is worth the price of admission.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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