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503 Ratings


Directed by Nacho Vigalondo
Spain, Canada, 2016
Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller


A woman discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she’s suffering.

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Colossal Directed by Nacho Vigalondo
Anne Hathaway wears a beat-up jacket and bangs nearly down to her eyes. She’s an inspiration to trashy women everywhere. Her character Gloria’s a continuation of Kym from Rachel Getting Married, if a tad less toxic. She gets sloshed, stagnates, then falls under the thrall of an old hometown friend. He gives her things to assert his control. The two discover psychic ties to monsters half a world away, and this sci-fi metaphor renders questions of power larger than life.
December 03, 2017
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All the narrative oxygen is gradually sucked up before – finally, frustratingly – Colossal reveals itself to be nothing more than a trite relationship drama. The monster movie conceit may prove an irresistible lure to some, but this is nowhere near as ambitious, funny or clever as it thinks it is.
May 19, 2017
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Hathaway taps into the same bruised intensity she marshaled in Rachel Getting Married (2008), but Gloria’s redemption narrative is over-cranked to the point of turning her into a literal action her, which has the strange effect of trivialising her triumph instead of enlarging it. Vigalondo is a talented filmmaker who can’t quite reconcile his gifts as a light entertainer with the desire to give his movie some real emotional weight, As a result, Colossal ends up scoring a split decision.
April 28, 2017

What are people saying?

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Colossal

    A surprisingly (refreshingly) original indie comedy that dares to blend the kaiju genre with a hacked-off-bangs, quirky hipster comedy atmosphere. Taken off guard by the originality, though it was a little too long and saccharine.

  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Colossal

    The first two acts nicely set up and build upon an intriguing and well-delivered premise, which thankfully plays by its own rules. When the focus switches in the third act, the resulting tonal change had me twiddling my thumbs, irritated at the missed opportunity.

  • Laurs Kemp's rating of the film Colossal

    With themes including addiction, abuse, self-loathing, malaise, ambition, feminism, and global politics (phew) this was structurally and tonally a complete mess. Not to mention that as a genre "sci-fi" works almost exclusively on a clear set of delineated rules... just saying.

  • Jason's rating of the film Colossal

    Good fine fun though it may be, COLOSSAL is also a startling work of real genius. As a recovering alcoholic myself, I cannot think of any feature this side of Abel Ferrara that has so indelibly captured the full apocalyptic scale of my own selfishness and self-pity. It also happens to remind me of a poem I once wrote about Jorge Luis Borges. Hathaway has that boss haircut. This is a real feast of calibrated info!

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Colossal

    I'm of two minds concerning "Colossal's" ridiculously misleading marketing campaign. On one hand, it was such a pleasure to be surprised by the story's many twists and turns as they unfolded in the theater. On the other hand, I have to feel that promoting the film as a quirky indie comedy belies the fact that "Colossal" is one of the best movies about toxic masculinity and addiction that I've seen in quite some time.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Colossal

    Wanted to like this but instead felt alienated by it. Hathaway is strong and the film is peppered with fresh, original dialogue at times but also falls down badly in other areas leaving me unable to buy into the supposed reality of the fantasy. I loved Timecrimes for it's simplicity and low budget approach to a great idea. For me it was a superb sci-fi and I hope Nacho can find that richness again. 2.5 stars

  • msmichel's rating of the film Colossal

    Vigalondo's scripting excels here in a genre mashup that actually breaths originality. Anne Hathaway is brilliant here supported by an able cast but what is interesting is they all basically play self-loathing unlikeable characters. Though the film has a few logic gaps the endgame is quite satisfying.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film Colossal

    The first twenty minutes of this film reminded me of Swiss Army Man in the regard that I struggled to get on its comic wavelength and thought I was in for a film that was going to dance around its characters and events. Again, I'm proud to be wrong. Nacho Vigalondo creates a metaphorically rich, if overwrought, story of personal turmoil, consequences, with a tinge of foreign policy and creates something original.

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