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Catfish (2010)

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Ariel Schulman

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Plot Summary

In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel’s brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 145
  • Fresh: 116
  • Rotten: 29
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: There are some creepy chuckles to be had from this allegedly true account. – Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader, Sep 24, 2010

Fresh: At the end of this exquisitely poignant film, it's clear we humans are going to need a refreshed emotional skill set if we're to make sense of the real relationships we forge in our virtual worlds. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Sep 24, 2010

Fresh: The film tells a devastating story that couldn't be more relevant to our times, who we are in real life versus the way we present ourselves online. – Adam Graham, Detroit News, Sep 24, 2010

Rotten: The trouble is the filmmakers seem to be stylists and opportunists; Catfish has the slick gloss of hipster media magazine journalism. Its deeper questions are never probed. – Peter Galvin,, Jan 20, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Rubbish with a capital R

So I had rather lofty expectations as I was walking into the theater to see "Catfish." The trailer was emblazoned with zinging quotes like 'THE BEST THRILLER HITCHCOCK NEVER MADE' and 'THE ENDING IS SO SURPRISING YOU'LL RUN SCREAMING DOWN THE HALLWAY AND THEN CRASH YOUR CAR ON THE WAY HOME, THE ENDING'S JUST THAT SURPRISING.' Well, I mean, they went something like that.

Anyways, yes. Had lofty expectations. What I got in return? A heaping pile of rubbish with a rotten, diseased cherry on top.

This isn't a thriller, it's a cheap mockumentary ("Oh please" is all I can say to the people who thought this wasn't calculated). The "protagonist" is horrifically annoying, the "twist ending" is heinously emotionally manipulative, the "camera work" is nauseating...

I could go on but, dear viewer, I don't want to to bore you. Instead, I'll leave you with this: The only movie this year that was worse than "Catfish"? "The Human Centipede."


The worst movie ever !!!

You are fooled into thinking that its going to be a very twisted ending and it was nothing more than a movie with no ending. All the reviews that are good are wriitten by people who want to be artsy and cool but have no vision about whata thriller really is

A Sad Portrait of Lonliness

This film is very difficult to review without potential spoilers. It is best viewed knowing as little as possible about the plot so as to better immerse yourself in the subtext as it is revealed throughout the film. It's a slow moving character study, a cautionary tale, and the twist isn't so much of a twist, as by mid-point the savvy viewer and/or internet user will have the majority of it figured out, but that is not to say it is not of merit or value. This film has a good slow, suspenseful build as you progress through the story with the main character and share his own personal discoveries with him. In this digital age, it's important that people are conscious of the pitfalls of our vitual existences, between facebook, twitter, and the multitude of other online profiles we create for ourselves and share with others. Overall this is a great documentary (mockumentary), but don't expect it to hold some overly startling revelation or fast paced thrills. It's a slow burn that pays off and will provoke thought and conversation for those immersed in this digital culture. Enjoy it for what it is. Definitely worth a rent if you are still skeptical.

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