Berberian Sound Studio
Berberian Sound Studio (2013)

In the 1970s, a British sound technician is brought to Italy to work on the sound effects for a gruesome horror film. His nightmarish task slowly takes over his psyche, driving him to confront his own past. Berberian Sound Studio is many… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: December 10, 2013
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its reach may exceed its grasp, but with Berberian Sound Studio, director Peter Strickland assembles a suitably twisted, creepy tribute to the Italian Giallo horror movies of the '70s that benefits from a strong central performance by Toby Jones.

Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

While it's a loving homage to movies like Dario Argento's Suspiria and is crafted with tons of style, it leaves out one key ingredient: being even remotely scary.

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

A sometimes interesting, sometimes head-scratching movie that pays homage to the old ways of the sound mixing world and to the "giallo" genre of horror that was prominent in Italy during the 1970s.

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Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects

Berberian Sound Studio follows Hitchcock's doctrine fully: what information audiences fill in with their imagination is always more horrifying than anything that can be filmed

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Radishes, cabbages and melons meet horrific ends in Berberian Sound Studio, a down-the-earhole psychodrama where what you hear is more terrifying than what you see.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

[It] not only exploits one of cinema's most important modes, it also attempts something more difficult: turning a genre movie into a work of art.

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Jonathan Romney

If you're open to films that fearlessly twist the conventions, and that mine the language of sound and image for their own strange potential, you'll get a kick from this rivetingly inventive, abrasively un-British piece of nightmare cinema.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Writer/director Peter Strickland intriguingly weaves into the story a movie-within-a-movie that we barely see, but we hear.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A one-trick pony, but it's a reasonably cool trick.

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Sam Davies
Sight and Sound

Berberian Sound Studio refuses such a climax: it at once celebrates giallo and takes it apart, disassembling it like Derren Brown explaining an illusion.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
An imaginative and expertly edited psychological thriller/meta exercise that dissolves the barrier between reality and fiction through a fantastic sound design,… More
Pierluigi Puccini
A promising argument that goes nowhere. Unable to cope with ears nor my mind's eye.
Nicki Marie
Total waste of one and a half hours. Made no sense whatsoever. I don't mind weird or something that doesn't quite add up until the end, but when… More
Aditya Gokhale
There's something awfully sinister about the Berberian Sound Studio. Walking through those eerily empty corridors and upon hearing some piercing screams… More
Mark Walker
This second feature from director Peter Strickland (following "Katalin Varga" in 2009) is certainly an interesting bag of mixed opinions. Some have… More
Daniel Mumby
My generation has grown up with a variety of films which have sought to deconstruct or reinvent the horror genre, ranging from spoofs like Shaun of the Dead and… More