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      Cold Souls

      PG-13 Released Aug 7, 2009 1 hr. 41 min. Comedy Drama Sci-Fi List
      75% 125 Reviews Tomatometer 54% 25,000+ Ratings Audience Score Paul (Paul Giamatti), an actor, is having trouble preparing for the title role in Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya." A magazine article puts him in touch with Dr. Flintstein, who specializes in the extraction and exchange of souls. Paul receives the essence of a Russian poet and is a rousing success onstage, but offstage, his new soul is taking over his life. A black-market courier named Nina (Dina Korzun) joins forces with Paul on a journey to Russia to find his lost soul. Read More Read Less Watch on Peacock Stream Now

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      Critics Consensus

      Straddling existential drama and surrealist comedy, Sophie Barthes debut feature is beautifully shot and full of inventive quandaries.

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      Simon T There's a lot that's good in this Being John Malkovich style comedy drama: the photography, the music, several of the performances. For the first half-hour it's intriguing, blackly funny, unpredictable. Unfortunately it then loses its way as it chases its increasingly ludicrous plot down endless rabbit holes. Paul Giamatti is a Marmite actor: those poached egg eyes and tendency to over-act rather spoil things. A missed opportunity. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 04/09/24 Full Review Gareth v A smart and quirky comedy led by Paul Giamatti playing the type of role he is so comfortable with. It does at times seem to be trying too hard to be the next Kaufman or Spike Jonze. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Great movie, but I think it deserves more credit. I noticed an error, however: they say Olga's soul must have "dried up" after they take Giamatti's back from her, but her old soul would've left her body when she acquired Giamatti's. Remember, in this movie they can only swap souls and extract them. Bravo on them making the whole soul-swapping thing seem "sciencey", also. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Uneven film only comes alive in the scenes with Giamatti and Strathairn. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Very reminiscent of a Charlie Kaufman film but scarcely pulling it off with it's vaguely interesting ideas and plot never really taking off. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member This is one of my all time favs. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Ben Kenigsberg Time Out Rated: 2/5 Nov 18, 2011 Full Review Joshua Rothkopf Time Out Rated: 3/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Perri Nemiroff CinemaBlend Barthes introduces a captivating concept provoking a number of philosophical questions, but never answers them making the film unsettling and difficult to enjoy. Rated: 2 1/2 Aug 12, 2010 Full Review Jason Best Movie Talk Bizarre? Certainly. But funny, touching and thought-provoking, too. Nov 29, 2020 Full Review Amie Simon Three Imaginary Girls Clever and contemplative with excellent performances all around. Mar 10, 2019 Full Review Kelly Jane Torrance Washington Times Mr. Giamatti, in a humble and winning performance, carries this witty film, with the help of a talented supporting cast - in particular, Dina Korzun, who plays a Russian soul mule with tough grace. Rated: 3.5/4 Dec 5, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Paul (Paul Giamatti), an actor, is having trouble preparing for the title role in Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya." A magazine article puts him in touch with Dr. Flintstein, who specializes in the extraction and exchange of souls. Paul receives the essence of a Russian poet and is a rousing success onstage, but offstage, his new soul is taking over his life. A black-market courier named Nina (Dina Korzun) joins forces with Paul on a journey to Russia to find his lost soul.
      Director
      Sophie Barthes
      Executive Producer
      John Hynansky, D.J. Martin, James Shifren
      Screenwriter
      Sophie Barthes
      Distributor
      Samuel Goldwyn Company
      Production Co
      Journeyman Pictures, Touchy Feely Films
      Rating
      PG-13 (Nudity|Brief Strong Language)
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 7, 2009, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 10, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $903.1K
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