(2009)

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69

Metascore

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100
I love love love love loved Cold Souls. That might be because I love love love Paul Giamatti.
91
Entertainment Weekly
Darkly funny, twisty-cool existential tragicomedy, loaded with smart notions and filmed like a surrealist dream.
80
Cold Souls has its flaws, and it threatens to sag into a Paul-like morbidity, but Giamatti’s anxious mien and unspectacular shamblings have never been better deployed.
75
You'll laugh till it hurts at Cold Souls.
75
The low-key satire would have benefited from more of a back story to Giamatti's character and a clearer sense of his relationship with his wife. But what we do get is compelling in the way of an indelible, dreamy short story.
70
Giamatti is aptly cast, playing his own persona with awkward anxiety and suitably skewed humor.
70
Variety
An amusing slice of existential whimsy with an Eastern European bent, Cold Souls posits a world in which humans can have their souls extracted and implanted in each others’ bodies.
70
Village Voice
It may be only in the film's last ambiguous, evocative image that Barthes and Parekh finally transcend the material and arrive at something beautiful and ineffable.
67
The premise seems profound, but the claustrophobically inert execution lacks reach or imagination.
50
Wall Street Journal
The more elaborate the plot becomes, the sillier it gets.

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