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Catfish Reviews

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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.
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
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
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
May 16, 2011
I was utterly enthralled from the first frame to the last.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Drew McWeeny
April 5, 2011
Worth seeing.
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
| 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
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'
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
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
December 21, 2010
If you begin with the premise that all films, docs and dramas, are constructs of one sort or another and it's the how and why that's important, you'll have fun pulling this apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
December 21, 2010
The great thing about Catfish is the compassion it shows towards everyone involved. It tries to reach an understanding of the truth but without mocking or judging.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 20, 2010
[A] generous and sensitive examination of both the psychology of deceit and the illusion of connectivity offered by social networking services such as Facebook.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
December 17, 2010
Is it real? When a film's this good, that becomes secondary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
December 16, 2010
The film begs lots of questions about how, and when, it became clear any of this was worth documenting, but it certainly was.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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