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Cold Fish Reviews

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
April 6, 2011
Is it a black comedy? Is it a horror thriller? More wit and ingenuity might have made it Tarantino-esque.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Philip French
April 10, 2011
Overlong, drenched in blood and rather like attending a school for apprentice butchers.
Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine
July 31, 2011
Don't let me talk you out of it--after all, I'm no kibbitzer.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Peter Bradshaw
April 7, 2011
The grisly, absurd violence of the final hour puts a wrecking ball through whatever interest this film might have accumulated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
April 10, 2011
Slack pacing aside, this is a disarmingly brutal, feral social satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Miraudo
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Heather Wixson
Dread Central
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Virginie SÚlavy
Electric Sheep
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.
Chris Buckle
The Skinny
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
August 23, 2015
Smart, devious, audacious filmmaking from a man who's quickly becoming a master at this sort of stuff.
Bill Gibron
August 4, 2011
hilarious, harrowing
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
April 14, 2011
There are gruelling, gleeful scenes of blood-drenched murder and dismemberment that will test even the hardest stomach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
April 13, 2011
Gallows humour and character twists offer welcome reprieve from the largely hysterical acting and rivers of viscera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 16, 2011
...the audacity of plot and growing blood-and-bones in 'Cold Fish' are engrossing for those not turned off.
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Mark Olsen
Village Voice
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.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Parkinson
Radio Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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