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Berberian Sound Studio Reviews

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Andy Lea
Daily Star
October 30, 2012
By the last half hour the film has descended into a procession of totally un-scary and mostly boring random images.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Matt Patches
June 11, 2013
Mesmerizing, but the images stand alone and incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.3/10
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
September 3, 2012
The final third is nonsense and in danger of resembling a Monty Python sketch at one point.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
August 31, 2012
Nothing much happens and when it does (possibly in Gilderoy's head) it's completely bemusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jordan Hoffman
September 9, 2012
It's rare for a movie to be so cool yet also be so disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brad Miska
Bloody Disgusting
September 11, 2012
While beautifully crafted, it's impossible to recommend this to anyone who hopes to have an entertaining movie-going experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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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
Staci Layne Wilson
November 6, 2012
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.
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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-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 12, 2012
...even the most astute viewer will be hard pressed to explain what the heck is going on here...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Matt Singer
September 26, 2012
The movie Gilderoy's editing begins to feel more real than the one we're actually watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Dustin Putman
June 17, 2013
Definitely a curiosity piece, but one gets the sneaking suspicion it wasn't also meant to be an inert one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 26, 2012
...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.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
August 30, 2012
Some are hailing it as a masterpiece. I'd say it's a missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist
June 13, 2013
You might shuffle in your seat a little during the film, but like last year's other unnerving British surprise, Kill come out of the theater on edge and off kilter, amazed at the craft displayed.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post
January 22, 2013
The narrative rule of thumb is show, don't tell, but this film does the opposite, to sinister effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
June 18, 2013
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Jamie Neish
August 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Adam Charles
Film School Rejects
January 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: B-
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