...a darkly funny, twisty-cool existential tragicomedy...
—Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
I enjoy movies like this, which play with the logical consequences of an idea.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
You'll laugh till it hurts at Cold Souls, a comedy of shocking gravity...
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
...inarguably Kaufman Lite, but I'm not sure if that's something to bemoan.
—Chris Cabin filmcritic.com
...a clever metaphysical comedy...
—Anthony Kaufman Village Voice
The low-key satire would have benefited from more of a back story to Giamatti's character and a clearer sense of his relationship with his wife. But what we do get is compelling in the way of an indelible, dreamy short story.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
While more fun on an intellectual level than at times it plays out onscreen, the sleekly shot Souls scores for being wildly imaginative and clever and for at least trying something different.
—Leah Rozen People
...it('s)hard to see Cold Souls as anything but an attempt to parrot the giddy successes of Being John Malkovich.
—Tasha Robinson Onion AV Club
...a mildly funny metaphysical comedy...
—Lou Lumenick New York Post
...a skillfully shot, well-acted, thoroughly unconvincing, and unaffecting put-on.
—Nick Schager Slant Magazine