Cold Souls Reviews

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November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
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
The result is a deliciously deadpan piece of absurdism with some unexpectedly poignant touches.
November 13, 2009
The credible production design impresses, the camerawork offers an exquisite chill and Giamatti is in his pomp.
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
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.
November 13, 2009
As a serious exploration of the nature of the soul, it feels incomplete, but it's an entertaining enough existential ramble.
September 30, 2009
It's comical, yes, but glum and brooding, too, a wintry waltz through acting, underground commerce and metaphysics.
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 18, 2009
Giamatti is masterful, swaddled in a heavy beard and an existential slump.
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.
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.
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 21, 2009
It's a movie about losing your soul that doesn't really have one.
August 20, 2009
A clever existential comedy.
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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