• PG-13
  • 1h 27m
  • 2010
Certified Fresh80%
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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® Score

Certified Fresh80%
Critics Consensus: Catfish may tread the line between real-life drama and crass exploitation a little too unsteadily for some viewers' tastes, but its timely premise and tightly wound mystery make for a gripping documentary.
Time Out
Dave Calhoun

If you begin with the premise that all films, docs and dramas, are constructs of one sort or anoth...

June 22, 2017
Peter Bradshaw

It really is an intriguing modern tale of communication, intimacy, self-knowledge and the web: a g...

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
Tom Seymour

In the truth it finds, Catfish is a sad and troubling film that avoids cynicism.

June 22, 2017
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Tom Horgen

And you thought MySpace was scary.

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Online life docu reels viewers in with suspense, humanity.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this documentary chronicles the friendships that develop between an 8-year-old painter and her Michigan family and the New York City photographer they befriend online. The movie delves into many of the issues intrinsic in Web communities like Facebook: the personas that people present (and how accurate -- or not -- they are), how relationships develop quickly, and how those friendships don't always have the same safety nets that real-life associations do. All of these issues are exceptionally relevant for today's parents and teens, so we recommend watching it together. Anticipate a little swearing, a few steamy text messages (read aloud), and some twists that may prove too heavy for tweens and younger.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Documentary, Thriller
  • Release Date:September 17, 2010
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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