Catfish

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Released 1995

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Director:
Henry Joost , Ariel Schulman
Released:
1995
Rating:
PG-13
Catfish, from Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, documents the strange series of events that unfold when a gifted 8-year-old artist named Abby contacts Nev, a 24-year-old photographer (and Schulman's brother), through Facebook. After Abby sends Nev a remarkable painting based on one of his photos, Nev begins corresponding with her family -- including her seductive 19-year-old sister. Realizing that something's not quite right, Nev sets out to uncover the truth.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Robert Abele

    Catfish was built to charm, not indict, and on that front it makes for a diverting seriocomic wade into the pitfalls of Internet-based immediacy, and by extension, the manipulative...

  • 70

    Variety

    Though editor Zac Stuart-Pontier assembles the sprawling personal journey into swift and suspenseful shape, it helps immensely that Nev is such a charming screen presence.

  • 60

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    When the going gets weird, Hunter S. Thompson used to say, the weird turn pro, but these filmmakers never transcend their own amateurism. They turn what could have been a brilliant...

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Documentary, Suspense

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finding mister right, unlikely friendships, young love, cringeworthy, shock value