Catfish (2010)

In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel's brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 17, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Catfish may tread the line between real-life drama and crass exploitation a little too unsteadily for some viewers' tastes, but its timely premise and tightly wound mystery make for a gripping documentary.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

If you begin with the premise that all films, docs and dramas, are constructs of one sort or another and it's the how and why that's important, you'll have fun pulling this apart.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

The film tells a devastating story that couldn't be more relevant to our times, who we are in real life versus the way we present ourselves online.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Is is all a stunt staged for the cameras? If so, then why isn't it more interesting?

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

It must be said that the filmmakers, who profess to be as surprised as we are about how things play out, are being disingenuous at best and underhanded at worst.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

At the end of this exquisitely poignant film, it's clear we humans are going to need a refreshed emotional skill set if we're to make sense of the real relationships we forge in our virtual worlds.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

definitely eerie and scary, though not in the traditional sense

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Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune

And you thought MySpace was scary.

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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader

There are some creepy chuckles to be had from this allegedly true account.

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

In a classic case of filmmakers prioritizing their own pitch over the actual goods, Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost put Schulman's toothy-grinned brother Nev front and center as he investigates his fishy long-distance Facebook crush.

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Jason Owens
Not a particularly great movie in any way, but being one who's been scammed on dating websites and that has had some on Facebook try to do the same… More
Mark Walker
The social networking zeitgeist is certainly upon us. It has shaped a generation in their reliance on smartphones and the internet and contributed to a new… More
Melvin White
Yaniv Schulman: Set it up, organize a time with me, put together some materials, emails, we'll get the Facebook conversations printed out and we'll… More
Sophie Burgess
I'm not really sure what to say about this. Such an amazing documentary/film. I had no idea that it was actually real (and I'm still not sure if it… More
Luke Baldock
Real or not, this is an incredible film watching experience. I decided to check this out after being relatively impressed with Paranormal Activity 3. The film… More