Cold Fish Reviews

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December 1, 2019
"Cold Fish" is one of Sono's masterpieces, a great combination of Japanese exploitation, outstanding acting and technical and artistic elaborateness.
March 1, 2019
A thoroughly boring and unimaginative viewing experience.
August 23, 2015
Smart, devious, audacious filmmaking from a man who's quickly becoming a master at this sort of stuff.
August 17, 2011
Overlong? A tad. Still, at two-and-a-half hours it's 90 minutes shy of its predecessor Love Exposure. Insane fun? Absolutely. Darkly funny and deliriously absurd in all of its bloody glory, I found it impossible to look away.
August 13, 2011
August 10, 2011
The latest from Sono explores one simple man's search for balance alongside the gritty realism of the world of serial killers, making Cold Fish a movie that you won't soon forget.
August 6, 2011
Cold Fish is artful and unnerving and, at times, repulsive. Its merit lies in an unrepentant willingness to be all of those things.
August 4, 2011
A deliciously warped wallow in misogyny, depravity and dead-eyed manipulation, "Cold Fish" charts the twisted alliance of two tropical-fish salesmen with baleful glee.
August 4, 2011
hilarious, harrowing
August 2, 2011
Cold Fish is wild, head-turning, stomach-churning stuff, and it makes a bracing addition to the overstuffed canon of serial-killer cinema.
July 31, 2011
Don't let me talk you out of it--after all, I'm no kibbitzer.
April 14, 2011
There are gruelling, gleeful scenes of blood-drenched murder and dismemberment that will test even the hardest stomach.
April 13, 2011
Gallows humour and character twists offer welcome reprieve from the largely hysterical acting and rivers of viscera.
April 13, 2011
Just as with Suicide Club, the deliberate weirdness and detached tone of Cold Fish may initially leave audiences befuddled, but this a sign of its complexity.
April 13, 2011
The climax is formidably bloody, but if you've got the stomach for it, Shion Sono's ludicrous spectacle makes for compelling viewing.
April 10, 2011
Slack pacing aside, this is a disarmingly brutal, feral social satire.
April 10, 2011
Overlong, drenched in blood and rather like attending a school for apprentice butchers.
April 8, 2011
Sono orchestrates his tale with a skill that allows irony to match the horror and realism to dampen down the melodrama. Altogether, it's quite a feat.
April 7, 2011
The grisly, absurd violence of the final hour puts a wrecking ball through whatever interest this film might have accumulated.
April 7, 2011
Purportedly based on fact, this is knowingly played with respective manic glee, anguished regret and slinky sexuality by Denden, Fukikoshi and Kurosawa.
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