Cheap Thrills
Cheap Thrills (2014)

Cheap Thrills follows Craig (Pat Healy, Compliance), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with eviction. In an effort to delay facing the music at home, he heads to a local bar and encounters an old friend… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 27, 2014
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
89%
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User Score
69%



Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Gleefully nasty and darkly hilarious, Cheap Thrills lives down to its title in the best possible way.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

There are satisfying echoes of Stephen King's sly black humour in this deliciously nasty comedy thriller.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

If Cheap Thrills ultimately does carry us along, it's due largely to Healy's performance and presence.

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Billy Tatum
Bullz-Eye.com

Cheap Thrills lives up to its name, and like many of life's guilty pleasures, it wouldn't be a surprise if audiences wanted another helping.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Screenwriters David Chirchirillo and Trent Haaga pose a simple question -- how much will a person degrade himself to make ends meet? -- but it's a potent one, at least for those of us who ponder it every Monday through Friday.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

You should watch it as a twisted comedy. Those who do will be rewarded, especially by the film's outlandish final image.

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Kate Muir
Times [UK]

Gird your stomach for Cheap Thrills, a bloody but enjoyably ironic horror which enters that queasy zone where Michael Haneke's Funny Games meets a reality-TV bush tucker trial.

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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

Let's just say it takes a dim view of human nature that seems well supported by the evidence, and that if you have an appetite for fatalistic, dirty-minded gore you won't be disappointed.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

To describe them would diminish their impact, but there are several occasions where it is tough to keep looking at the screen. Yet, thanks to the characters and their portrayals, you can't really look away, either.

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Stephen Danay
Under the Radar

The film makes the most of its premise and small cast, zipping from low-budget drama to sick black comedy to gruesome thriller.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
I think that those who rated this movie particularly highly wanted to embrace a film that puts the unthinkable on film but it is purely sensationalist at its… More
Daniel Parsons
Derivative schlocky thrills of the escalating dares for money variety (Which Would You Rather and 13: Game of Death being two recent examples). What keeps this… More
Eddie Chung
I know we're supposed to laugh along as the two lead characters are humiliated and debased, but I can't help but feel violated by director E.L. Katz… More
DA Zapata
I haven't stopped praising this film for the past month. No, seriously. To the point where I've befriended (and also been harassed by) the protagonist… More
Lane Zieben
Cheap Thrills is a great thrill and gives the viewer a run for its money (no pun intended). With $250k up for grab, it's up to Pat Healy and Ethan… More