Cheap Thrills Reviews

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September 23, 2014
Gird your stomach for Cheap Thrills, a bloody but enjoyably ironic horror which enters that queasy zone where Michael Haneke's Funny Games meets a reality-TV bush tucker trial.
June 6, 2014
It's a thought-provoking ride, particularly in a post-financial crisis world where a combination of desperation and temptation can make anyone consider doing the unthinkable.
June 5, 2014
The script is smarter than the premise sounds, with writers David Chirchirillo and Trent Haaga dispensing enough information to make victims both sympathetic and despicable, the instigators charismatic and sinister.
June 5, 2014
A bluesy drinking session evolves into messy violence for kicks in this nifty debut feature from E L Katz.
June 3, 2014
There are satisfying echoes of Stephen King's sly black humour in this deliciously nasty comedy thriller.
April 10, 2014
Screenwriters David Chirchirillo and Trent Haaga pose a simple question -- how much will a person degrade himself to make ends meet? -- but it's a potent one, at least for those of us who ponder it every Monday through Friday.
March 28, 2014
Let's just say it takes a dim view of human nature that seems well supported by the evidence, and that if you have an appetite for fatalistic, dirty-minded gore you won't be disappointed.
March 28, 2014
If Cheap Thrills ultimately does carry us along, it's due largely to Healy's performance and presence.
March 27, 2014
You should watch it as a twisted comedy. Those who do will be rewarded, especially by the film's outlandish final image.
March 27, 2014
To describe them would diminish their impact, but there are several occasions where it is tough to keep looking at the screen. Yet, thanks to the characters and their portrayals, you can't really look away, either.
March 27, 2014
A committed cast elevates what is, ultimately, a gimmicky thriller. It dissolves into a puddle of blood-tinged hypocrisy.
March 27, 2014
A fair amount of twisted fun, thanks mostly to a surprisingly, effectively low-key turn by Koechner as the game's emcee.
Top Critic
March 27, 2014
This is not a movie for everybody, but that assessment is not exactly intended as a thumbs down. Alarming thrills are guaranteed.
March 26, 2014
Cheap Thrills is little more than low-budget torture porn for the doobie-addled dudebro contingent.
March 26, 2014
The simple, even sometimes simplistic script is helped a lot by its cast.
March 25, 2014
By the end, Cheap Thrills too closely resembles the behavior it depicts.
March 21, 2014
[A] shock-value thriller.
March 21, 2014
"Cheap Thrills" is a movie that Rod Serling would have loved.
March 20, 2014
If the way things wind up for Craig and Vince is perhaps inevitable, how they get there is not. As for the movie's audacious final shot, it's nothing short of iconic.
February 20, 2014
Dark, deeply disturbing and occasionally comic, Cheap Thrills puts a contemporary spin on the cinematic version of dare, pitting a mysterious guy with a wad of cash against a financially desperate pair of blue collars.
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