91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Darkly funny, twisty-cool existential tragicomedy, loaded with smart notions and filmed like a surrealist dream.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Barthes takes her notion and runs with it, and Giamatti and Strathairn follow fearlessly.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Cold Souls entertains on its own terms, delivering irony and suspense as Giamatti discovers that his soulless self is a terrible, terrible actor.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
You'll laugh till it hurts at Cold Souls.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The low-key satire would have benefited from more of a back story to Giamatti's character and a clearer sense of his relationship with his wife. But what we do get is compelling in the way of an indelible, dreamy short story.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie turns what could have been a tedious meta-movie exercise into a sincere dour farce.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Giamatti is aptly cast, playing his own persona with awkward anxiety and suitably skewed humor.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Giamatti is one of the few guys who could take a joke about a chickpea-sized soul and make a meal of it.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

Only a temporarily compelling conflict for a feature-length film.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The more elaborate the plot becomes, the sillier it gets.
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69 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.