The Voices

Whimsical yet witless little creepshow

This is being marketed as a deeply warped horror comedy. Warped, yes; but I have a problem with that “comedy” part. Gemma Arterton’s talking severed head in a refrigerator is certainly out there, but funny? Not especially.

Tastes differ, but I actively disliked this tonally schizophrenic, whimsical yet witless little creepshow, mostly due to the shallow performance by Ryan Reynolds, who’s clearly straining to beef up his lackluster filmography (Green Lantern, RIPD) with a trusty old unhinged role. But Nightcrawler this is not. Title refers to his talking dog and cat. Also Jacki Weaver and Anna Kendrick. Japanese title: Happy Voice Killer. (103 min)