Berberian Sound Studio Synopsis
A sound engineer tortures people to get the sound effects he needs.
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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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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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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...
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91

The Playlist

By Oliver Lyttelton
Strickland' command of tone, aided by Oscar-winning "Slumdog Millionaire" editor Chris Dickens and, of course, sonic wizards Joakim...
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90

NPR

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...
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90

Variety

By Guy Lodge
Icily disquieting rather than scary, the film is less an exercise in narrative than in tonal mastery.
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88

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...
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88

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...
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83

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Berberian Sound Studio constructs a perpetually strange, unseemly series of events overshadowed (and sometimes consumed by) the spooky...
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80

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
The creepiness builds with symphonic precision until reality truly is indistinguishable from fantasy.
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