(I) (2013)

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80
Katz has a clear investment in Healy's character and convincingly depicts his choices as inevitable even when they become anything but.
80
The casting of comedian Koechner as the sleazy host is a masterstroke, but all four actors relish the salty dialogue and farcical cruelty, as the film moves towards a bleak but satisfying ending.
80
A grimly funny social allegory that doesn't pull a single punch.
75
Unlike most movies that use the current economic crisis as a dramatic backdrop, Healy's character is vibrant enough that the audience can make an easy connection and go through the journey with him.
75
This is a solid thrill ride all around, especially for those who like their Faustian parables with a bit of the bloody red stuff.
75
This is a solid thrill ride all around, especially for those who like their Faustian parables with a bit of the bloody red stuff.
70
The film advances some harsh truths about the spoils of money-grubbing savagery. But Cheap Thrills doesn't take a scolding tone: These lessons come in the form of a rowdy, midnight-movie entertainment that keeps its considerable ambition under wraps.
70
Healy and Embry commit to their enervating roles with a heady mix of desperation and gusto, while Koechner is cleverly modulated as the evening's madman emcee. But Paxton, as the complicit yet impassive Violet, remains mostly a shiny accessory.
70
It's not an easy ride, but it is ultimately a satisfying one.
67
Erich von Stroheim might have made the definitive film about human swinishness way back in 1924 - sorry, Gordon Gekko - but Cheap Thrills cuts deeper, darker, and straight to the bone.
63
A nasty, elemental thriller, basically a four-character play with blood and guts and sex and drugs and dares
63
A nasty, elemental thriller, basically a four-character play with blood and guts and sex and drugs and dares
60
Katz stages the contests with infectious energy... Too bad the last half hour feels like Katz is rubbing our face in the several turds he shows us, reminding us that people are awful. Of course they are. What else do you have to tell us?
50
The film's clearest winner is Pat Healy, whose depiction of a man willing to corrode his entire life to provide for his wife and kid feels true despite the script's silliest moments.
50
This is not a movie for everybody, but that assessment is not exactly intended as a thumbs down. Alarming thrills are guaranteed.
40
Cheap Thrills is little more than low-budget torture porn for the doobie-addled dudebro contingent.
40
In Cheap Thrills, a committed cast elevates what is, ultimately, a gimmicky thriller. It dissolves into a puddle of blood-tinged hypocrisy.

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