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Catfish [2010]

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Ostensibly a documentary about a young New York photographer (Nev Schulman), who develops an online relationship with a family in rural Michigan -- first with a talented 8-year-old girl who reproduces his photos as paintings and then with her 19-year-old half-sister. However, the circumstances may not be as they seem. Also with Megan Faccio and Melody C. Roscher. Directed by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman. [1:34 - PG-13]

 

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"There's no denying its strong narrative or its emotional pull... Decades from now, cultural anthropologists will likely find the film extremely useful in understanding what life was like in America in the early 21st century."

- Calvin Wilson

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"You watch the film thinking what a true nonfiction artist like Frederick Wiseman or Heddy Honigmann might make of the material—certainly they wouldn’t indulge in such freak-show carnival barking."

- Keith Uhlich



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Peter Debruge | Variety
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Karina Longworth | Village Voice
A.O. Scott | The New York Times
Pam Grady | Boxoffice Magazine
Lisa Schwarzbaum | Entertainment Weekly
Peter Rainer | Christian Science Monitor
Marjorie Baumgarten | Austin Chronicle
G. Allen Johnson | San Francisco Examiner
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