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Cold Souls Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
September 18, 2009
These are all very surreal, inventive ideas, heightened by the dreamlike cinematography from Barthes' partner, Andrij Parekh; the scenes shot in St. Petersburg, for example, are simultaneously gauzy and bleak.
September 4, 2009
Giamatti stammers and futzes and self-loathes with the best of 'em, and his endearing persona and droopy-dog face can move the film along even when the narrative can't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 27, 2009
Peppered with ingenious twists of imagination, Cold Souls walks a tightrope between intellectual slapstick and edgy social commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 21, 2009
Inspired by one of [director] Barthes' dreams, Cold Souls has the kind of twisted but clever self-awareness of Being John Malkovich.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 21, 2009
These pitch-perfect moments, as well as Giamatti's performance as an artist driven to a personal and creative brink, make Cold Souls, if not always coherent, at least compelling.
August 20, 2009
A clever existential comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 20, 2009
A dark indie comedy that's distinguished by a sci-fi theme and surrealistic touches but ends without a payoff.
August 20, 2009
[Director] Barthes takes her notion and runs with it, and Giamatti and Strathairn follow fearlessly. The movie is rather evocative about the way we govern ourselves from the inside out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
August 13, 2009
The movie turns what could have been a tedious meta-movie exercise into a sincere dour farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2009
For those who like comedies that derive humor through absurd situations and dialogue rather than through more lowbrow methods, this film is worth taking a chance on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 10, 2009
I found myself thinking about this movie for a long time after I got out of the theater.
August 10, 2009
A terrific premise, but I'm not so sure about the execution.
August 7, 2009
You wear a smile right through the surrealist spoof Cold Souls, but leave the theatre feeling somehow under-entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 7, 2009
Giamatti is one of the few guys who could take a joke about a chickpea-sized soul and make a meal of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 7, 2009
For all its quirks and laughs, there's something in this film you haven't seen in many others during this long summer. A soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 7, 2009
This quaintly goofy premise makes for pointedly neurotic Sleeper-ish fun, not to mention nifty digs at our culture of self-reinvention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 7, 2009
Cold Souls works precisely because its ambitions are somewhat mellow; this isn't a relentlessly high-strung picture.
August 7, 2009
A sombre slice of surrealism, Cold Souls is a welcome opportunity for America's most agony-prone actor to do what he does best: suffer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 7, 2009
[Giamatti is] terrific throughout, although the movie, which is more clever than funny, sometimes resembles second-tier Charlie Kaufman stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 7, 2009
An ambitious, elegantly shot, tonally cool first feature written and directed by Sophie Barthes.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 7, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 6, 2009
The film is superbly shot by Andrij Parekh and edited by Andrew Mondshein, but it's the hilarious and heartbreaking Giamatti who provides it with, well, soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 6, 2009
The low-key satire would have benefited from more of a back story to Giamatti's character and a clearer sense of his relationship with his wife. But what we do get is compelling in the way of an indelible, dreamy short story.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 6, 2009
The premise seems profound, but the claustrophobically inert execution lacks reach or imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 6, 2009
The more elaborate the plot becomes, the sillier it gets.
August 5, 2009
The inventiveness of Barthes' story is matched by a sense of visual fluidity that's especially striking in a first feature.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 5, 2009
An amusing slice of existential whimsy with an Eastern European bent.
August 4, 2009
Giamatti works the comedy like a pro, from deadpan to slapstick, but he also delivers pathos.
August 3, 2009
This is a comedy, not a philosophy lesson, and thus richer in bafflement than in understanding.
April 8, 2009
Giamatti the character rediscovers his sensitivity, and Giamatti the actor proves he's up for anything. Barthes, directing her first feature, proves she's up for whatever comes next.
April 8, 2009
This smartly crafted feature debut appealingly capitalizes on its star's well-worn persona.