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Cold Souls Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2010
Barthes' execution is flat, philosophically empty and mostly boring. But you can't call it soulless (no, not even when it's a zinger of a pun to finish the review with).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Perri Nemiroff
August 12, 2010
Barthes introduces a captivating concept provoking a number of philosophical questions, but never answers them making the film unsettling and difficult to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2 1/2
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 6, 2009
The more elaborate the plot becomes, the sillier it gets.
Leo Goldsmith
Reverse Shot
August 8, 2009
Giamatti's usual character%u2014at least, the one that Cold Souls wishes to exploit%u2014is paper-thin, working better on the periphery than in the center of the narrative.
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 28, 2009
Cold Souls is less a movie than a cinematic decoupage that rips off pieces of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich and blends them together.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
August 10, 2009
A terrific premise, but I'm not so sure about the execution.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 27, 2009
Cold Souls is a skillfully shot, well-acted, thoroughly unconvincing, and unaffecting put-on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
November 24, 2009
An uneasy mix of comedy and ideas, which flatters both itself and its audience that it's smarter and wryer than it really is.
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
November 26, 2009
In Cold Souls, it is time for more metaphysical mucking about with an actor playing a pretentiously remixed version of his real self.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 29, 2009
The script thinks it's "oh so clever" that I just wanted to puke. A chore to sit through. It felt like it was 3 hours long, but was only half that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
August 20, 2009
More ridiculous than thought-provoking.
Mark R. Leeper
August 23, 2009
The first half is inventive, but the film really loses steam in the second half. Too many technical problems went unsolved in bringing this story to the screen.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
Cole Smithey
July 29, 2009
High on concept, but low on execution writer/director Sophie Barthes' gray comedy of post modern, existential panic never finds its balance before falling off the same kind of narrative wire that "Being John Malkovich" danced effortlessly on.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
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Justin Berton
San Francisco Chronicle
August 14, 2009
It's a simple query, and a fun one to explore, yet only a temporarily compelling conflict for a feature-length film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
August 21, 2009
It's a movie about losing your soul that doesn't really have one.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 7, 2009
...plays like "The Golden Compass" without the depth crossed with "Being John Malkovich" with far less wit.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 7, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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