80

Time Out London

By Nigel Floyd
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.
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80

Empire

A grimly funny social allegory that doesn't pull a single punch.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Katz has a clear investment in Healy's character and convincingly depicts his choices as inevitable even when they become anything but.
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75

RogerEbert.com

This is a solid thrill ride all around, especially for those who like their Faustian parables with a bit of the bloody red stuff.
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75

The Playlist

By Drew Taylor
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.
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75

RogerEbert.com

By Brian Tallerico
This is a solid thrill ride all around, especially for those who like their Faustian parables with a bit of the bloody red stuff.
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70

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
It's not an easy ride, but it is ultimately a satisfying one.
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70

The Dissolve

By Scott Tobias
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.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
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.
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60

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
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?
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64 out of 100
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