Cold Souls Reviews

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November 18, 2011
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).
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.
November 26, 2009
Cold Souls is imitation Kaufman, written and directed by newcomer Sophie Barthes, who makes no effort to hide the source of her inspiration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Competently made but remarkably smug for a film unique only in its paucity of original ideas.
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.
September 20, 2009
Had Cold Souls come out exactly a decade earlier, it would have seemed utterly original and daring ... because it would have beaten Being John Malkovich to the screen by a few months.
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.
August 28, 2009
While [it] has a certain quirky charm--mostly due to its star--the overall effect is rather pallid.
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.
August 25, 2009
A dreary-looking, glacially paced collection of missed opportunities.
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.
August 21, 2009
It's a movie about losing your soul that doesn't really have one.
August 20, 2009
More ridiculous than thought-provoking.
August 20, 2009
A dark indie comedy that's distinguished by a sci-fi theme and surrealistic touches but ends without a payoff.
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