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Catfish may tread the line between real-life drama and crass exploitation a little too unsteadily for some viewers' tastes, but its timely premise and tightly wound mystery make for a gripping documentary.



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In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel's brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.-- (C) Official Site

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  • Dec 02, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2012
    I'm not really sure what to say about this. Such an amazing documentary/film. I had no idea that it was actually real (and I'm still not sure if it even is or not, it all seems too convenient). There is so much that could be said about this film and I'm sure everyone will have a different opinion. It just goes to show that there is some pretty crazy people out there and it's difficult to trust those you meet online. However I don't feel like it answers many of the questions that were brought up about why this woman felt compelled to do what she did and there were many things missed out. Why didn't they show Angela's expression when she first opened the door? That was pretty much the money shot but they missed out. I guess all I can say is watch it and form your own opinion, I don't even know what mine is yet.
    Sophie B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2012
    This was a much different movie than I expected it to be. I thought it would be interesting but shallow, but it's essentially two movies in one. For the first two-thirds of the movie, it is very weird and creepy. Many of the scenes are very suspenseful, even though I knew nothing too scary could happen because it's a documentary, not a horror movie, and reality is rarely as extraordinary as it is in movies. In the last third of the movie, I won't give away much so as not to ruin the movie, but it is surprisingly sincere and emotional. The big reveal is a little underwhelming if you are expecting a horror movie type ending, and this is about as far from that as you could get. The movie's message, that not everyone is who they appear online, is a very relevant one in today's society. This movie really surprised me by how suspenseful, yet emotional it actually is, and it's a strange experience watching it, but I would gladly recommend it as an interesting and engaging movie.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2012
    Not a particularly great movie in any way, but being one who's been scammed on dating websites and that has had some on Facebook try to do the same (although it's always been by foreigners, no one domestically), I can relate to an extent to this film. But...I never actually traveled far to visit; watching the guy in this movie do that and try to dig up the bare bones truth is what makes this interesting starting at about halfway through the film. Starts off very slowly.
    Jason O Super Reviewer

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