Cold Souls Synopsis
In a world where human souls are regularly extracted and exchanged, an actor (Paul Giamatti) receives the soul of a Russian poet to help him nail the lead role in ''Uncle Vanya.''
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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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Chicago Sun-Times

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

By Peter Travers
You'll laugh till it hurts at Cold Souls.
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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...
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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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The Hollywood Reporter

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

Only a temporarily compelling conflict for a feature-length film.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The more elaborate the plot becomes, the sillier it gets.
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Cod Souls

By Nissenson
Odd. Very engaging and extremely well-acted....

Cold Souls

By mreiley
Paul Giamatti is wonderful and I'd watch him read the phone book. Interesting premise and kudos for making this independent movie at all. Just wish it'd have been paced a bit faster....

'COLD SOULS' – Is it more helpful to lose YOUR soul, or to use someone ELSE’S? = Rating: 6 of 10 stars (based on an advance preview).

By jimchudnow
This Sundance-backed project started out with some unusual & interesting premises: PAUL GIAMATTI plays himself, an actor who feels he could better deal with roles if he LOST his “soul”. He thus goes...

Existential Error

By geishaslave
In _COLD SOULS_ Paul Giamatti plays Paul Giamatti, an aging, angst-loaded actor preparing for an upcoming stage performance. After reading an article about the benefits of soul storage in "The New...

Cold Souls

By Greek Thespian
This movie is not about winter shoes. It is so enjoyable to watch a person who has a troubled soul see that that it is really a chick pea. It really made me laugh. Paul Giamatti has done it again...

This is a great little quirky film. Must see rental.

By Mucha
If you liked 'Being John Malkovich' and 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' this is a must see. Paul Giamatti again shows his acting brilliance....

Five Word Review

By mvg
Interesting Actors Music Humor Science...

It was absolutely horrible and pointless!

By JSPeters
The central premise of the movie--the ability to extract and store one's soul--is a novel and intriguing idea, and it COULD have made for a funny and entertaining movie. But with the exception of...

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Rated PG-13 | For nudity and brief strong language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Fanciful tale is fun for grownups; won't appeal to kids.
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