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  • Summary: A disturbed factory worker (Ryan Reynolds) who hears advice from his pet dog and cat is implicated in the accidental death of his co-worker.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Eric D. Snider
    Jan 22, 2014
    90
    Here is a pitch-black psycho-horror-comedy to restore one’s faith in the “What the eff did I just watch?” genre.
  2. Reviewed by: Ben Nicholson
    Mar 19, 2015
    80
    Not only is The Voices uproariously funny throughout, but it's actually far cleverer than one might expect.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Feb 5, 2015
    75
    The quirky film is simultaneously bizarre, humorous, disturbing and suspenseful.
  4. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Jan 26, 2015
    70
    The film’s combination of psychological drama -- cue the childhood trauma -- with blood-splattered limb-cutting, talking heads in the fridge and talking pets on the couch is a risky one that finally works because Perry and Satrapi find the right tonal mixture for the material.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick de Semlyen
    Mar 16, 2015
    60
    Full-force performance form Ryan Reynolds but not as funny as it hopes it is.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Jan 26, 2015
    60
    In tapping Satrapi to interpret this project, the producers have done about as well as one could expect with such material. Still, a bit more consistency in style would have gone a long way.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jan 31, 2015
    12
    For most of the film's running time, one mistakes the main character's callousness for the filmmakers'.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Mar 5, 2015
    10
    no se como explicarlo, pense al ver el trailer seria una comedia o algo asi, despues dio un giro completamente recortico pero muyno se como explicarlo, pense al ver el trailer seria una comedia o algo asi, despues dio un giro completamente recortico pero muy interesante y me mantuvo a mi y a mi esposa al filo de la trama, esta muy divertida y ala vez escalofriante, es una mezcla tan rara pero fue una gratisima experiencia, las actuaciones impecables, realmente viven cada uno de los actores sus personajes, es algo oue no se suele ver en estos dias. la recomiendo muchisimo Expand
  2. Feb 8, 2015
    9
    Ryan Reynolds is a terrific actor, and Jerry in "The Voices" might be his best performance yet. Wonderfully weird and psychologically twisted,Ryan Reynolds is a terrific actor, and Jerry in "The Voices" might be his best performance yet. Wonderfully weird and psychologically twisted, "The Voices" is a mix between "Filth" and "Donnie Darko" with its own personality. A must-watch. Expand
  3. Feb 21, 2015
    9
    Ok....Reynolds brings back his Just Friends Character and now hes got a awesome cat....and he kills a girl and I hope the movie tries to makeOk....Reynolds brings back his Just Friends Character and now hes got a awesome cat....and he kills a girl and I hope the movie tries to make it seem like the pillz made him do all of it....antidepressants are just like methadone and suboxone and its completely insane...oh man....this is the feel good movie of the world....i love seeing pretty women get killed....its just like god taking away the gift of prettiness when they didn't deserve it...women=shallow overpopulaters Expand
  4. Mar 9, 2015
    8
    A minute after the trailer for The Voices started I wanted to see the film. So I was waiting for it to premiere in Paris. I hoped that more ofA minute after the trailer for The Voices started I wanted to see the film. So I was waiting for it to premiere in Paris. I hoped that more of the cast would come but I was glad to see Marjane Satrapi. I know Reynolds is shooting Deadpool so he gets a pass, as for Aterton I know she has her musical but London is a mere two hour train ride away she could have made an effort. Anyway, Satrapi quickly spoke about how the movie came about. Persepolis and her Oscar nomination for it changed her life. Her American agent offered a lot of projects that she wasn't feeling but to me it sounds like they sort of put her in a box. But The Voices was different and refreshing from what she had dine so far, so she went for it and in my opinion it was a good decision.

    The movie is hilarious, quirky and very entertaining. The Voices could be a mix between Dexter and a good comedy. It's charming and pulls you into the madness with a wicked sense of humor. The director did an amazing job in delivering a good horrish comedy. I expected the comedy but I was surprised by how dark and depressing the movie gets. The focus shifts between reality and fantasy, which makes for very colorful shots that lightens the mood.

    Bosco, the dog, and Mr. Whiskers, the cat, are just gems. They are the movie's representation of the devil and the angel appearing over a cartoon character's shoulders. They simply steal the movie, that's how funny they are. So The Voices is colorful and dark at the same time. It gets real but it's fun. It has a very serious mental illness at the center of it but there are a lot of hilarious twists that gives a unique look at Schizophrenia.

    Ryan Reynolds is amazing as the sweet-faced, socially awkward Jerry. He gave an amazing performance in this film in all of his roles, because he has several in this movie, he's really good. He showed a nice range in his acting ability. The cast in general elevated the movie. Gemma Aterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver were all great in the movie, they each brought something to the table and made the experience worthwhile.

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  5. Mar 10, 2015
    8
    Who every thought that a movie starring Ryan Reynolds where he talks to his pets like Doctor Dolittle that tell him to kill people wouldWho every thought that a movie starring Ryan Reynolds where he talks to his pets like Doctor Dolittle that tell him to kill people would actually make a pretty damn enjoyable film.

    The story is about are main character Jerry who is a likeable bachelor living in a seemingly normal apartment along with his dog, Bosco, and his cat, Mr. Whiskers. But under his innocent facade lies the minds of killer - thanks to the advice he gets from his evil cat, even while his benevolent dog tries to steer him right.

    I don't think I'm the only one who thought this movie was going to bad and extremely laughable, I mean look at the plot for this movie and you may think to yourself "Wow this is going so awful but at least I'm going to laugh of how bad the movie is". That was my prediction before seeing the film and after seeing it I was surprise of how much of the film I took seriously and didn't really laugh much. The movie would be a lot funny if Nicolas Cage was cast for this role it will be the best comedy in years because we all know the kind of acting style Cage users in his movies which makes them comedy gold.

    Ryan Reynolds is the kind of person that I feel sorry for, I mean give the guy a break his past movies got poor ratings and most of his films flopped hard at the box office. He seems like a really nice guy in real life judging by his interviews, and that's why he fitted the role so perfectly has this nice, lonely and also insane killer. What Reynolds got so well about his character is how he can switch personality, one minute his nice and the next his insane. Good work Ryan.

    The director of this movie Marjane Satrapi who previously did a film called Persepolis which I think not a lot of people saw, which is a shame really because it's a great movie. Satrapi directed this movie with style and a sense of passion from other films or TV shows to make this movie and the main character, because through out the movie I got that mix of Doctor Dolittle and that Elijah Wood film Maniac. She directed the movie and she actually made the whole film for me serious. Nice one Marjane Satrapi.

    The movie itself is beyond weird and strange, but it's the kind of strange that I look at and accept the strangeness because well I think the world and people are strange, because we are just ants living on a floating rock in the big galaxy, think about that.

    For problems these only some like: With out giving anything away, the ending to this movie has to be the biggest What The F*** moment that I had. I not going to say what happens but when you see the film you probably think that to yourself has well.
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  6. Mar 23, 2015
    6
    Making a film that deals with murder and mental illness was always going to be a fine balancing act and The Voices is a valiant effort, but inMaking a film that deals with murder and mental illness was always going to be a fine balancing act and The Voices is a valiant effort, but in the end it struggles to find (ironically) its voice. Ryan Reynolds is excellent as the loner looking for love in a small town who has a nasty habit of killing people, aided by the voices in his head, which he hears coming from his pets, while Kendrick and Arterton seem to be having a blast. The film really comes into its own in the final stretch as we see the life Reynolds has really been living instead of through his drug tinted spectacles, and its in these claustrophobic, disturbing scenes that we see the tone the film maybe should have taken throughout. Expand

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