• Released
  • June 14, 2013
  • (NY, LA)
  • NR , 1 hr 28 min
  • Art House/Foreign
  • 4 Fan Ratings

The Telegraph

By Robbie Collin
It is one of the year’s very best films, a great, rumbling thunderclap of genius.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Director Peter Strickland brilliantly ratchets up the tension without showing a single frame of the grisly film.
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The Guardian

By Peter Bradshaw
Utterly distinctive and all but unclassifiable, a musique concrète nightmare, a psycho-metaphysical implosion of anxiety, with strange-tasting traces of black comedy and movie-buff riffs. It is seriously weird and seriously good.
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The Playlist

By Oliver Lyttelton
Strickland' command of tone, aided by Oscar-winning "Slumdog Millionaire" editor Chris Dickens and, of course, sonic wizards Joakim Sundstrom and Steve Haywood, is masterful, jarring and discombobulating the viewer as Gilderoy's mind unravels.
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By Ian Buckwalter
Strickland's Berberian Sound Studio is one horror film that opts to skip the usual frolic among those metaphorical monsters in favor of a deeply unsettling dive into the subconscious.
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By Guy Lodge
Icily disquieting rather than scary, the film is less an exercise in narrative than in tonal mastery.
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Boston Globe

By Peter Keough
Though “Berberian” bogs down a bit in its infernal spiral, Strickland proves himself to be a rising talent — a master of sound and fury both.
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Slant Magazine

By Chuck Bowen
On the surface, Peter Strickland's film is an amusing black comedy that parodies the horror movie's continual status as the cultural black sheep of the cinematic landscape, but the filmmaker is most prominently concerned with painting a sonic portrait of alienation.
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By Eric Kohn
Berberian Sound Studio constructs a perpetually strange, unseemly series of events overshadowed (and sometimes consumed by) the spooky movie-within-a-movie that hangs over every scene.
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Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
The creepiness builds with symphonic precision until reality truly is indistinguishable from fantasy.
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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