The Voices

Critics Consensus

The Voices gives Ryan Reynolds an opportunity to deliver a highlight-reel performance -- and offers an off-kilter treat for fans of black comedies.

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Jerry is a seemingly normal man trying to succeed in his new job at the Milton Bathtub Factory. He lives in a normal apartment the type you would expect from a young bachelor with his dog, Bosco, and his cat, Mr. Whiskers. Yet something seems off. As the new guy at work, Jerry is asked to help plan the company picnic, and he meets Fiona, an attractive English girl from accounting. Jerry immediately takes a liking to Fiona and excitedly goes home to tell his pets about her. And surprisingly, they answer. But all this is just the beginning of an insanely bizarre and twisted tale.

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Critic Reviews for The Voices

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (23)

  • By playing with storytelling rules, almost to the point of madness, Satrapi has elicited sympathy for the devil.

    Mar 26, 2015 | Rating: 4/5
  • It's wretchedly unfunny and tonally erratic, the striking production design notwithstanding.

    Mar 19, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • It is an overwhelmingly dislikable film, an intensely unfunny and unscary horror-comedy about a serial killer played by Ryan Reynolds on his most irritating form.

    Mar 19, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Think of this stylish, quirky and quite grisly feature from Marjane Satrapi as a meeting of Psycho, Dexter and Dr. Doolittle.

    Feb 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie has to be taken at face value: As a wacky and unsettling jaunt into sheer madness.

    Feb 13, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Casting Ryan Reynolds as a small-town geek who has trouble getting a date may seem as pointless as taking a loving cup to a Leafs game, but the bright-eyed Canadian star makes this dark, dark comedy twinkle with offbeat appeal.

    Feb 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Voices

  • May 15, 2017
    In 2007, director Marjane Satrapi delivered the autobiographical, coming-of-age animation Persepolis. It garnered her an Oscar nomination, making her the first woman to receive a nomination in the Best animated category. Foreign language films, Chicken with Plums and The Gang of the Jotas followed after but these two films slipped under the radar. Now, though, she tackles the American market with a blackly comic, serial killer tale. Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is a likeable and charming factory worker who, with the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist (Jacki Weaver), plucks up the courage to ask his co-worker (Gemma Arterton) out on a date. However, when she stands him up, Jerry looks to his household pets for advice and things start to take a much more sinister turn. I suppose I should put my hands up and express my feelings when it comes to Ryan Reynolds. To be honest, I've never been a fan. He's one of those actors that seems to rub me up the wrong way even though he hasn't done anything of particular note that would lead me to feel such disdain towards him. That's exactly why I nearly avoided this film altogether. That said, credit where it's due. Reynolds is absolutely brilliant in The Voices and he plays a huge part in making the film work. He displays a whole myriad of emotions and shows good range in doing so. He plays Jerry like the clean-cut, boy next door but it isn't before long that he shows a nervousness and social dysfunction with sadness and anger eventually culminating into a brooding danger. That's before we even get to the fact that he provides the voices to his pets which add a lot of welcome humour. His dog Bosco is an adorable docile support to him, while his cat, Mr. Whiskers is a malevolent manipulator. At first, it seems that Reynolds doing the voices of the animals is nothing more than a gimmick but there's a moment within the film where the cracks of his character appear and the voices shift from being a gimmick to a being an essential part of the plot. It makes perfect sense and transpires to be a very clever decision. Their voices could have been provided by someone else but the fact that it's Reynolds adds a very important element to the film. Despite the macabre material, though, the film is also genuinely hilarious at times and Satrapi also uses many flamboyant touches to bring a really colourful palette to its darkness. It possesses the type of humour that wouldn't be out of place in the hands of the Coen brothers while also managing to deliver on the more twisted elements that they are known for. This is a film that could quite easily fall prey to being tonally uneven but the script is really sharp and Satrapi's handling of the different tones are near seamless. It's an ambitious gamble from the director but it's one that she manages to pull off. What could have been an inconsistent mess turns out to be a very clever and surprisingly astute depiction of mental health and the psychological motivations behind a disturbed schizophrenic. I have to say, I was taken aback by how good The Voices was. It seems to have gained some traction but, for the most part, this has been a hugely underrated and unappreciated little film that boasts a career best performance from Reynolds. Mark Walker
    Mark W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2016
    I really liked the movie and already I watched it three times. It is so natural like there is no made by directors or creators story. With Ryan Reinolds was really good to be in this movie and he makes a best possible acting for this movie. With other actors and the scenarium all is almost perfect. So really really good movie.
    Valeri I Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2016
    Ryan Reynolds has come a long way since his "Two guys and girl", "Blade", or even "Romantic-comedy" days, in this unequivocal career-best performance -- yes, better than even Deadpool and I'm willing to challenge anyone who wishes to repudiate that. The strangest, pleasant surprise of a movie, that I've stumbled into, lately.
    Ace T Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2016
    I really enjoyed this crazy film, the subject matter will throw everyone off but if you like deep dark humour this is great. Ryan Reynolds definitely deserves attention here, if anyone had doubts of the talented actor should see this film. The performance is right up there with Anthony Perkins and you feel the fabric ripping with his reality. One of the more underrated films this year but it has crept into my top ten and justly so. The direction is right on the money and I think they got the balance exactly right. If your looking for a strange but rewarding film then look no further
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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