Cheap Thrills Synopsis
A series of escalating bets pits recently reunited friends against each other.
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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,...
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A grimly funny social allegory that doesn't pull a single punch.
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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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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...
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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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Arizona Republic

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

By Marc Savlov
Erich von Stroheim might have made the definitive film about human swinishness way back in 1924 – sorry, Gordon Gekko – but Cheap Thrills...
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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...
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Cheap Thrills

By sjchiro
First time feature director nails this one. The script is tight, the acting, spot on, especially Pat Healy. I had to turn my eyes from the screen at one point and my friend had her fingers in her...

Should have been better

By kenc411
I was very excited about this film. It started out very slowly, but never reached the excitement level or depth that I was hoping for. then it degenerated into a torture film. A faster paced film...