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Catfish Reviews

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
October 1, 2010
It must be said that the filmmakers, who profess to be as surprised as we are about how things play out, are being disingenuous at best and underhanded at worst.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 30, 2010
And you thought MySpace was scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 24, 2010
The film tells a devastating story that couldn't be more relevant to our times, who we are in real life versus the way we present ourselves online.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 24, 2010
At the end of this exquisitely poignant film, it's clear we humans are going to need a refreshed emotional skill set if we're to make sense of the real relationships we forge in our virtual worlds.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 24, 2010
There are some creepy chuckles to be had from this allegedly true account.
September 24, 2010
A mildly intriguing exercise in guerrilla filmmaking, lapsed ethics and the potential for social-networking deception.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 24, 2010
There's no denying its strong narrative or its emotional pull. And the film's computer-influenced visual style is very much of the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 23, 2010
Though it's out of fashion in these days of Facebook and cellphone cameras, some stories might be better left unshared.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 23, 2010
It is affecting, surprising, heartbreaking (though not, despite the marketing campaign that would lead you to believe otherwise, scary).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 23, 2010
Catfish ... raises all sorts of questions -- about the imaginary realms that open when you click on your computer screen, about cyber-stalking, but also about journalistic ethics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 23, 2010
Catfish demands to be seen, if only for the excellent arguments you'll have about it on the drive home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 23, 2010
Catfish is fascinating. At the same time, it emits a condescending, pitying odor. Yet any documentary able to provoke such mixed feelings on a single viewing is doing something right, even if you're not sure, in the end, what that thing is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 23, 2010
In the end, it's just a tale of passable interest and questionable authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 23, 2010
The facts in the film are slippery, but the revelation of a human personality is surprisingly moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 22, 2010
Whatever your reaction to the moral and ethical decisions made by the filmmakers, you'll find Catfish fascinating on a broader level as a snapshot of a rapidly changing era...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 21, 2010
Of all the twists in Catfish, the most surprising of all is what an honest and thoughtful film it turns out, against all odds, to be.
September 17, 2010
The Schulmans and Joost don't fully do justice to the truths they stumble upon, but they capture a glimpse into another America, far from downtown Manhattan's creative class, that will stay with you and possibly touch you.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 17, 2010
I say this with a heavy sigh: this is, by far, one of the most intriguing movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 17, 2010
To avoid revealing too much and spoiling a fresh and intriguing experience, let's just say this: Catch Catfish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 16, 2010
It may or may not be one of the year's best documentaries, but it's certainly one of the most unforgettable ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 16, 2010
Much of this film appears very contrived, as if once the filmmakers stumbled onto their story, they went back and filmed re-creations of the initial Facebook scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
September 16, 2010
Your mom told you to be wary of strangers, right? Good advice. And that's all I'm gonna say.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
September 16, 2010
Catfish is absolutely riveting, and even nerve-wracking as Joost and the Schulmans get progressively closer to learning more about their "friends."
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 16, 2010
There's more killer suspense and shocking intimacy in this one-of-a-kind documentary than you'll find in a dozen thrillers. You'll laugh hard and cry too.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 16, 2010
There is much here that is hard to swallow.
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+
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
September 14, 2010
For all its intensity and mystery, though, there's still a welcome note of uplift at the end. And that's a surprise, too.
September 13, 2010
Although Catfish is opportunistic, even borderline exploitive, it gets at -- by indirection, through the back door -- the magic-carpet aspect of this scary new medium. Real people are so complicated and irreducible, you know?
July 6, 2010
Documenting in tantalizing detail the twist-filled true story of a young man fooled by Facebook, the pic should easily hook domestic crowds.
July 6, 2010
Twisty tale of social-media intrigue makes for crowd-pleasing doc.