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Cold Souls Reviews

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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
Toby Young
Times (UK)
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
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
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
Josh Winning
Little White Lies
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.
Mayer Nissim
Digital Spy
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
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
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
Damon Wise
Radio Times
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
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
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
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
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
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
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
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
November 13, 2009
Hugely enjoyable, frequently funny and ultimately thought-provoking comedy with a delightfully absurd script.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
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
Robbie Collin
News of the World
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 3, 2009
A high-concept Russian flavored black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 23, 2009
Barthes gets bogged down in existentialism in the movie's final third, but until then she engages in some fun absurdist humor, anchored by a strong performance from Giamatti.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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