Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 10, 2013
    100
    Utterly distinctive and all but unclassifiable, a musique concrète nightmare, a psycho-metaphysical implosion of anxiety, with strange-tasting traces of black comedy and movie-buff riffs. It is seriously weird and seriously good.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    May 10, 2013
    100
    Director Peter Strickland brilliantly ratchets up the tension without showing a single frame of the grisly film.
  3. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 10, 2013
    100
    It is one of the year’s very best films, a great, rumbling thunderclap of genius.
  4. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    May 10, 2013
    91
    Strickland' command of tone, aided by Oscar-winning "Slumdog Millionaire" editor Chris Dickens and, of course, sonic wizards Joakim Sundstrom and Steve Haywood, is masterful, jarring and discombobulating the viewer as Gilderoy's mind unravels.
  5. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Jun 14, 2013
    90
    Strickland's Berberian Sound Studio is one horror film that opts to skip the usual frolic among those metaphorical monsters in favor of a deeply unsettling dive into the subconscious.
  6. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    May 10, 2013
    90
    Icily disquieting rather than scary, the film is less an exercise in narrative than in tonal mastery.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Jun 21, 2013
    88
    Though “Berberian” bogs down a bit in its infernal spiral, Strickland proves himself to be a rising talent — a master of sound and fury both.
  8. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jun 9, 2013
    88
    On the surface, Peter Strickland's film is an amusing black comedy that parodies the horror movie's continual status as the cultural black sheep of the cinematic landscape, but the filmmaker is most prominently concerned with painting a sonic portrait of alienation.
  9. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Jun 12, 2013
    83
    Not a drop of blood is spilled in Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio. Even so, Italian-horror buffs may feel a flush of nostalgia watching this bewitching genre whatsit, which manages to evoke the crimson-splashed shockers of the 1970s without so much as a single frame of actual carnage.
  10. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    May 10, 2013
    83
    Berberian Sound Studio constructs a perpetually strange, unseemly series of events overshadowed (and sometimes consumed by) the spooky movie-within-a-movie that hangs over every scene.
  11. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Jun 11, 2013
    80
    Berberian may sound like it's more fun to pick over afterward than watch, but it's also masterfully crafted.
  12. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jun 11, 2013
    80
    The creepiness builds with symphonic precision until reality truly is indistinguishable from fantasy.
  13. Reviewed by: Jamie Graham
    May 10, 2013
    80
    Strickland’s nuanced, atmospheric, ambiguous movie transcends genre.
  14. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    May 10, 2013
    80
    Berberian Sound Studio is like nothing before – and whether or not it ‘works’ seems almost irrelevant. In this era of cookie-cutter cinema, Strickland’s deeply personal moral and stylistic vision deserves the highest praise.
  15. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    May 10, 2013
    80
    With a debut film, Katalin Varga, shot entirely in Hungarian, Strickland isn't one for the easy option. This excellent follow-up plunges into equally unusual terrain with similarly pleasing results
  16. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jun 13, 2013
    75
    A clever, elliptical, slightly bizarre and altogether transfixing psychological thriller.
  17. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Jun 17, 2013
    70
    There are no bad guys, and no real violence. Horror fiends looking for cheap thrills may be disappointed. But those with a flair for the offbeat might find themselves unnerved and riveted.
  18. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Jun 13, 2013
    70
    It’s not unlike many of Mr. Strickland’s beloved Italian films, which could be superb exercises in cinematic style and atmosphere while remaining imperfect.
  19. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jun 12, 2013
    70
    Writer-director Peter Strickland...uses atmosphere as others would use plot, and knows how to provoke comic shudders. But he tends to repeat himself, and he doesn't quite find a satisfying denouement for the inventive premise.
  20. Reviewed by: Matt Patches
    Jun 11, 2013
    53
    Like the giallo films it pays tribute to, Berberian Sound Studio is more of a sensory experience than a dramatic one.
  21. Reviewed by: David Wells
    Jun 30, 2013
    50
    Eventually, though, these scenes get repetitive, and the muddled final act neither builds nor gets scary. Writer-director Peter Strickland is much more interested in the atmospherics, so when Gilderoy plunges into the abyss (or wherever), we are left confused, and not in a satisfying, David Lynch kind of way.
  22. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jun 14, 2013
    40
    Fans of Dario Argento and Mario Bava will appreciate the references. Even for newcomers, there are minor chords to enjoy. If only there were less screaming.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Oct 31, 2013
    0
    Do not waste your time or especially do not spend your hard earned money buying or renting this film. I warn you. The only other time I was asDo not waste your time or especially do not spend your hard earned money buying or renting this film. I warn you. The only other time I was as disappointed by a "horror" movie was when I saw Puppet Master Versus Demonic Toys. All this movie is is a timid guy doing his job making scary sounds for horror films. Oh my God that's scary right? No it really really isn't. I was expecting to see at least one murder or attempt at murder or at least one drop of blood for that matter. So annoyed that I actually watched this whole film. I was fooled by the ratings others gave it and I have a feeling so will many others 0/10 Full Review »
  2. Jan 28, 2014
    9
    I loved this film. The visuals are very striking and the editing is phenomenal. Toby Jones is pretty great in this 'fish out of water' storyI loved this film. The visuals are very striking and the editing is phenomenal. Toby Jones is pretty great in this 'fish out of water' story which is really not a horror film, but more like a black comedy which is concerned with the process of making a film. Full Review »
  3. Aug 6, 2013
    9
    This is a film all about atmosphere, not narrative (though the two are intrinsically linked, pushing each other forward). Toby Jones isThis is a film all about atmosphere, not narrative (though the two are intrinsically linked, pushing each other forward). Toby Jones is flawless, and the "ufo scene" is particularly amazing. Full Review »