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Catfish Reviews

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Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
A film in which we spend an hour with these three dopes from Soho should have dispensed with each of them and just focused on this fascinating, lonely, quietly powerful woman from Michigan.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 23, 2010
Without getting into the troubling notion that this whole thing is a put-on, the "big revelation" is nothing that anyone with a passing familiarity with socialization on the internet didn't already know after 10 minutes in an AOL chat room circa 1998.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
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James Berardinelli
September 23, 2010
In the end, it's just a tale of passable interest and questionable authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
September 12, 2010
Catfish is hampered by its inability to move beyond the obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Clay Cane
September 10, 2010
'Catfish' is the worst case of false advertising in cinematic history.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
September 12, 2010
All that's left to the proceedings are "well-duh!" revelations about the way modern mass-media affords opportunities for role-playing deceptions.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Sarah Boslaugh
September 24, 2010 get to a respectable feature length, the directors have to stretch their thin material mercilessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Peter Galvin
January 20, 2011
The trouble is the filmmakers seem to be stylists and opportunists; Catfish has the slick gloss of hipster media magazine journalism. Its deeper questions are never probed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
September 30, 2010
Opens with bursting promise of investigation, only to end up inside a particular quicksand of depression that's far too substantial for the trio to process with any sort of desired, respectful intelligibility.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Beth Accomando
October 1, 2010
On a certain level the film is fascinating but unfortunately it is also way too long even at 90 some minutes.
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Nick Pinkerton
L.A. Weekly
September 16, 2010
There is much here that is hard to swallow.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 16, 2010
I believe that a documentary should do one of two things: educate you about things not known or present you with something familiar but with added depth of knowledge... Catfish meets neither of those requirements.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Dan Jardine
July 12, 2012
Socially interesting and emotionally affecting, but also highly irritating.
Full Review | Original Score: 66/100
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 15, 2010
Does it matter that this self-centered experiment intrudes on the lives of others? IMHO: yes. In Catfish, the camera's-rolling readiness to trawl for drama leaves a slimy aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 15, 2010
What rankles about Catfish is the way it treats the person at the other end of Nev's flirtation with feigned sympathy, turning that person's tragically complicated life into faux-profound fodder for Generation Internet.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
Is is all a stunt staged for the cameras? If so, then why isn't it more interesting?
Phil Hall
EDGE Boston
January 4, 2011
The core story might be legitimate, but too much of the film is so blatantly staged that it is impossible to imagine this is a genuine record of life unfolding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Judy
Screen It!
October 1, 2010
If you want to see a film about how social media is a poor substitute for real human connections, seek out the far better 'The Social Network.' (Parental Review also Available)
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 4, 2010
Filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, as well as 'star' Nev Schulman, insist the film is a real documentary, I'm only about 50 percent sold on this claim.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
September 14, 2010
Catfish is an example of documentary filmmakers shaping reality to suit their own storytelling needs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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