Tickled Reviews

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August 26, 2020
The insane levels of aggression levelled at anyone who walks away tips this fascinating story from one of awkwardly uncomfortable comedy to something much more unsettling, a disturbing thriller of unimaginable psychological abuse and cyber-bullying.
July 3, 2020
When two journalists dig into a fringe subculture, they discover a darker, twisted reality. The result plays like a paranoid conspiracy thriller as they face lawsuits, harassment and threats, homophobia and bullying.
September 1, 2019
Tickled tackles issues and events far stranger than its outward appearance would suggest.
May 22, 2019
Tickled tells a great, sensational story ... but it's hard to escape the feeling that Farrier and Reeve could have done a lot more with their story than simply tell it as is.
May 2, 2019
A must-see stranger than fiction doc.
March 2, 2019
With each new piece of information, Farrier discovers a weird, decades-old mystery unfolding ... And the end of the film isn't even the end of the story.
February 28, 2019
Tickled takes a tabloid-ready tale and turns it into something thematically rich and unexpectedly emotional. Despite the tickle fetish trappings, the film forms into a salacious portrait of obscene privilege run amok.
September 26, 2017
If you were hooked on HBO'sThe Jinx, by all means put Tickled on your must-see list. (To explain the comparison would be to give away too much.)
August 28, 2017
Directors David Farrier and Dylan Reeve's documentary Tickled qualifies as one of those true stories that defies invention.
August 18, 2017
The title suggests a film about a harmless fetish, but this chilling documentary uncovers more emotional pain than physical pleasure.
August 8, 2017
The dark and twisted labyrinth at the heart of this story is thoroughly unexpected, and ultimately terrifying.
August 7, 2017
Anyone familiar with Internet shenanigans can guess the "twist" in Tickled long before the reveal. But that doesn't make the journey any less compelling.
June 18, 2017
A bizarrely gripping, oddly hilarious, and downright disturbing glimpse into a level of weird you didn't even know existed.
May 18, 2017
Though Tickled often overplays the extent of the corruption and threatening nature of its subject, it treats the subculture at its center with delicacy and respect -- and the mystery that propels it with journalistic energy.
March 24, 2017
The shocking truth is uncomfortably pursued to its fullest, and the result is a riveting piece of investigative journalism.
March 18, 2017
...Tickled would've been better off as a short segment on 60 Minutes.
March 16, 2017
It's not a film you'll soon forget.
February 27, 2017
It's a fascinating tale, that is followed by the shorter addendum, The Tickle King, about what happened when the principals showed up to disrupt festival screenings.
February 27, 2017
Tickled runs a bit too long (at 90 minutes) and proves slightly unsatisfying in its denouement. The new, 20-minute tack-on, The Tickle King, helps somewhat and offers new, necessary details.
February 16, 2017
Tickled will sucker-punch you right in the guts. A must-see.
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