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 8, 2014
You can take the result as either smart satire or sick schlock - frankly, it works on both scores.
June 6, 2014
E L Katz's film delivers exactly what the title promises. It is a very bloody, very violent fairground ride of a movie that ratchets up the tension as its two hapless anti-heroes compete desperately for money.
June 6, 2014
The film-makers' undisguised glee in the revolting catalogue of horrors is a delight to behold, and the sense of naked misanthropy is queasily invigorating throughout.
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
For genre fans, Katz's film will go down as a punchy and absorbing diversion, but it's also an offer you can refuse to believe. A better film would have given you no choice.
June 5, 2014
The film would be nasty if it weren't clever (and sometimes horribly funny).
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.
June 2, 2014
A grimly funny social allegory that doesn't pull a single punch.
April 21, 2014
The "worst day of your life" premise is a well-worn one ... but seldom has it plumbed the depths of desperation and sadism the way Cheap Thrills does.
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.
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.
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