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Cold Souls Reviews

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November 13, 2009
Moving from antiseptic clinics to the streets of St. Petersburg, there's something appropriately chilly about "Cold Souls." But if it lacks warmth or a tidy ending, it is very funny, and has plenty of intellect. Much more than a chickpea's worth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 13, 2009
The credible production design impresses, the camerawork offers an exquisite chill and Giamatti is in his pomp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 13, 2009
For those who like Charlie Kaufman on paper but occasionally find themselves a little tested by his self-conscious meanderings in practice, the hilarious Cold Souls is a pleasingly tight and subtle execution of an eye-opening concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 13, 2009
The writer-director Sophie Barthes does her best to keep things moving, but the film runs out of steam about halfway through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 13, 2009
The pedantic borrowings from Kaufman are obvious. Is there any other "-esque" to be detected? There's Allen-esque, but that comes with the Kaufman-esque territory. Maybe Huxley-esque? The anxiety of influence hangs heavily here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 13, 2009
A trippy premise literally dreamed up by director Sophie Barthes, it is pensive and ponderous, offering a nod and wink to the likes of Philip K Dick and Charlie Kaufman. But it's also peculiarly remote.
November 13, 2009
What might sound on paper like heavy-handed flick that tries to shove clever-clever ideas down your throat is nothing of the sort. Cold Souls is funny, thought-provoking, often witty and always boasts a tremendous lightness of touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 13, 2009
Competently made but remarkably smug for a film unique only in its paucity of original ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 13, 2009
This clever, surreal comedy is closer to the more whimsical work of a young Woody Allen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 13, 2009
Writer-director Sophie Barthes can't decide whether to take the idea seriously or comedically, with the result that it works neither as comedy nor drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
November 13, 2009
While the idea's neat, there's no attempt to explore the weighty implications. It's a likeably quirky movie, mind, with Giamatti's hangdog features meaning a smile's never too far from your lips.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 13, 2009
The film itself seems to inhabit the soul of another screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman, though it's more a respectful nod than a blatant steal. Barthes shows enough wit and daring of her own to mark her as one to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 13, 2009
As a serious exploration of the nature of the soul, it feels incomplete, but it's an entertaining enough existential ramble.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 13, 2009
Hugely enjoyable, frequently funny and ultimately thought-provoking comedy with a delightfully absurd script.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 13, 2009
Like a collision of Charlie Kaufman and Woody Allen, this dark comedy is a surreal gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 13, 2009
It's an amuse-bouche, for exactly the kind of twerp who uses words like "amuse-bouche". If that's you, you'll love it. You big ponce.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 13, 2009
It's a precious, whimsical premise, but while Barthes has some decent jokes, and a wonderful facilitator for those jokes in Giamatti, its underlying insights aren't all that profound and this ultimately feels more formulaic than it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 5, 2009
doesn't quite cohere around its squishy metaphysical center, and sometimes swings erratically from meditative essay to screwball surrealism ...
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
October 3, 2009
A high-concept Russian flavored black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 30, 2009
It's comical, yes, but glum and brooding, too, a wintry waltz through acting, underground commerce and metaphysics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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