Cold Souls
Cold Souls (2009)

Writer/director Sophie Barthes crafts this metaphysical tragicomedy, which straddles the line between reality and fantasy, set in a world where souls are extracted from humans and traded as commodites. Paul Giamatti is an anxious New Yorker… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 7, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Straddling existential drama and surrealist comedy, Sophie Barthes debut feature is beautifully shot and full of inventive quandaries.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

The credible production design impresses, the camerawork offers an exquisite chill and Giamatti is in his pomp.

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Justin Berton
Houston Chronicle

Giamatti stammers and futzes and self-loathes with the best of 'em, and his endearing persona and droopy-dog face can move the film along even when the narrative can't.

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Ray Pride

Eccentric without ever becoming unduly whimsical, Sophie Barthes' surrealism-lite "Cold Souls" (which she tenders a co-film-by with Andrij Parekh) pirouettes within the same school as Charlie Kaufman's dance floor.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's comical, yes, but glum and brooding, too, a wintry waltz through acting, underground commerce and metaphysics.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Peppered with ingenious twists of imagination, Cold Souls walks a tightrope between intellectual slapstick and edgy social commentary.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

By the time Barthes' screenplay descends into a psychodrama of infancy, we're beyond caring.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

These are all very surreal, inventive ideas, heightened by the dreamlike cinematography from Barthes' partner, Andrij Parekh; the scenes shot in St. Petersburg, for example, are simultaneously gauzy and bleak.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Inspired by one of [director] Barthes' dreams, Cold Souls has the kind of twisted but clever self-awareness of Being John Malkovich.

Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Fanciful tale is fun for grownups; won't appeal to kids.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
paul sandberg
Another interesting idea lags under the weight of its own cinematic soul. In a Kaufmanesque concept (see Being John Malkovich), Paul Giamatti plays a film… More
Tim Sigur
A good movie with good performances by Paul Giamatti (always dependable), David Strathairn, and Emily Watson. I liked the idea of the film, but it becomes kind… More
Chris Weber
If you mix vintage Woody Allen with some of the works of Charlie Kaufman (especially Being John Malkovich), then you basically get this movie...and that's… More
Robert C
Lots of potential here as the premise is interesting and very ammusing. But sadly it fell short for me. It's along the same quirky lines as say Eternal… More
Curtis Lilly
Fun one time through. I feel like they could have done more with it (too bad it wasn't written by Charlie Kaufman).
Richard C
this movie is really wierd. it wasn't that funny either. it's a good movie, there just isn't anything special about it. B-

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