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Tickled

2016
Documentary
1h 32m
Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesnt stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction. (imdb)
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Tickled

2016
Documentary
1h 32m
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Rated 24 Apr 2016
90
77th
How is this a thing that is real?
Rated 17 Jun 2016
70
65th
I was disappointed with the slight audience manipulation, but the chronicled manipulation they're investigating certainly warrants it as it is a story to behold. Oh, and, uh, something something Trump reference. God, I'm clever.
Rated 06 Oct 2016
75
85th
Shadowy elite impunity, sexual repression, sex as power, power as sex, and...tickling. Stanley Kubrick meets...Todd Solondz
Rated 16 Oct 2019
75
59th
The way this movie is left with no choice but to shrug is so unsatisfying but somehow fitting for the concept
Rated 16 Oct 2016
64
53rd
I know they needed to make this feature length, but I could have done without watching that much gay fetish porn.
Rated 09 Sep 2016
90
91st
Like Dear Zachary or The Imposter, this is a documentary that ends up being a bit of a thriller, due to the unexpected twists and turns. Within the first 5 minutes (when Farrier gets an email criticizing him for being gay, while the person defended tickling) I was hooked, and it just kept getting deeper and deeper. A pretty haunting look into abuse and threats in an online space, and the pathos of a twisted individual. Doesn't go into much detail about the fetish itself, so don't expect it to.
Rated 14 Aug 2016
90
92nd
Such a strange journey that it feels like fiction (I just realized I basically reworded the summary of this film, but I wrote this first!!). I am at a loss of words to describe this labyrinth of weird deceit. Like, there's so many questions. Question the first: what the heck? Question the second: no, seriously, what the heck?
Rated 23 Jul 2016
76
68th
The Jinx meets the real life Wilson Fisk.
Rated 21 Aug 2018
80
77th
Fascinating. The ending feels a bit inconclusive and kind of leaves you wishing Farrier were a ballsier dude who would've gone further, but you can't really fault him
Rated 30 May 2017
60
31st
I went in expecting a chuckle at a bizarre subculture that would leave me feeling a bit guilty for laughing at people or enjoying something totally harmless. I came out of it feeling like I had spent 90 minutes being assaulted by the stale heavy breathing of a bloated tickle pervert.
Rated 30 Mar 2017
70
36th
The mystery behind TICKLED is intensely intriguing -- it makes the film absolutely worth watching -- but, in the end, the directors really don't do it justice. The b-roll feels slapped together (aside from the totally engrossing and disturbing tickle-footage), and the way the 'smoking gun' is rushed out in the film's final minutes is just criminal.
Rated 04 Oct 2016
50
13th
It never felt as though Farrier had the ammunition to tackle the security of the company, and when it came time for climax, he didn't. A job well done in research but unfortunately couldn't dive deep enough.
Rated 27 Jun 2020
65
47th
Though it is quite interesting and provides material for people interested in weird stuff, Tickled can't become a bigger commentary on politics, popular culture, and masculinity in the contemporary US. It exploits the mysterious material not to create something novel, but to reap the freak show potential for its benefit. enjoyed the watching experience and some slight connections to power and politics in the US, but there is nothing more.
Rated 13 Feb 2018
70
49th
Bad pacing really throws off the punching power of the movie, but the story is too bizarre and interesting to be unwatchable. I kinda feel like we still didn't get to the essence of what was going on.
Rated 21 Nov 2016
75
64th
Very entertaining to follow the (often very lucky) detective work. It plays dumb at points, though, to create a more engaging narrative. ***SPOILERS*** It stops short of becoming political, but to me begs the question: how much of the porn out there is cooked up by even scummier men than Clarke and D'Amato?
Rated 23 Aug 2016
87
80th
New Zealand journalist David Farrier becomes fascinated by the world of competitive endurance tickling, but when his inquiries are harshly rebuffed, he digs deeper, risking legal action - and possible danger to himself - to learn the profoundly unsettling truth. Another fine documentary in a great year for them, telling a seemingly absurd story in clear, compelling, and truly haunting fashion, as we see what people with too much money and too few scruples are capable of doing.
Rated 07 Nov 2016
73
67th
Purely in terms of filmmaking it has a few shortcomings, but the story is so interesting that it's definitely worth watching.
Rated 21 Sep 2016
4
63rd
Perhaps a bit hamfisted at times, with how it manipulates the viewer, but still an incredible weird journey; the shots of economically desolate America are poignant to say the least.
Rated 13 Jun 2019
81
81st
Strange and pretty crazy. Fucked up too. Feel bad for the victims, and I wish I knew more about D'Amato. I wonder why the people didn't go to the police more often.
Rated 01 Jul 2019
40
11th
I couldn't care less.
Rated 04 Nov 2018
85
87th
I laughed my balls off
Rated 19 Jun 2018
77
60th
Hilariously creepy and weird
Rated 14 May 2020
80
45th
That was quite a journey.
Rated 28 Jul 2019
69
73rd
Have to admit I did not see this going where it did. It's a fun little mystery wrapped in a homoerotic enigma.
Rated 19 Feb 2024
70
63rd
One of the most bizarre and deeply troubling pieces of investigative journalism I've come across. What seems benign, at first, escalates into something more insidious, ultimately malevolent. Fascinating stuff that gives you that feeling of being touched where you didn't want to be.
Rated 28 Jan 2020
73
46th
What a strange journey. The ending really brings it all home.
Rated 14 Nov 2023
6
43rd
Strange but compelling it doesn’t have a very satisfying ending but that’s the way a documentary goes sometimes.
Rated 26 Aug 2020
80
75th
Ridiculous, disturbing, engrossing, occasionally underwhelming, but simply something you have to see to believe.
Rated 21 Nov 2020
50
29th
I'm not particularly ticklish.
Rated 30 Nov 2021
65
59th
thought it would be a mockumentry about some sully schoolboy contest, it reveals us a private parallel world created by rich malignant narcissit. Unintentionally weird and disturbing.
Rated 20 Feb 2022
80
68th
This is an intriguing and very entertaining documentary that ultimately can't really explain it's story since it leads to an individual who's fairly uncooperative and a real cipher. That said, it's an astonishing portrait of the lengths that people will go to to preserve self-denial.
Rated 20 Jul 2022
55
46th
A great subject and investigation though it felt unsatisfying and like it could have been put together better.
Rated 21 Apr 2023
52
53rd
Quite a teased tale, perfect for our modern times. But it is just ultimately a tease.
Rated 01 May 2023
70
41st
America
Rated 06 Sep 2023
65
45th
Suffers from an incomplete accounting of the Terri Tickle "lore" as well as the filmmakers' own detective work--lads, you should reveal how you discovered the location of a secret tickling shoot, if the reason not to is simple lack of faith in the viewer's attention span (per the commentary, where it's revealed they checked backgrounds in filmed sessions against studio rental websites). Perhaps a product of Farrier's Louis Theroux-lite TV schtick. All in all, a memorable and unsettling trip.
Rated 15 May 2017
82
91st
Two sub-genres of documentary that I love are the mystery and the unique niche sub-culture. This checks both those boxes and is really captivating. And while it falters a bit at the end, it is still very much worthy of your time.
Rated 06 Apr 2017
3
73rd
Really keeps you guessing how dark things will get. Zvyyvbanver + Ynjlre = Rkcybvgngvba naq Uneenfzrag sbe uhaqerqf bs cbbe jbexvat crbcyr, jubqnshpxvatguhax
Rated 01 Mar 2017
96
98th
One of the best documentariesI have ever seen. The endurance with which the creators pursued their goal is remarkable, and the absurdity of the whole problem together with the seriousness of the threats they have to face is just astounding.
Rated 23 Jun 2017
90
82nd
Captivating from beginning to end, Tickled is one of the most eye-opening documentaries in years.
Rated 30 Mar 2017
70
58th
http://i.imgur.com/7uWhRkr.jpg
Rated 15 Oct 2016
80
73rd
I can highly recommend this documentary about competitive endurance tickling. I know what you're thinking,WTF, but it starts off about this and then a thread is pulled and something entirely different unravels.
Rated 05 Feb 2018
60
6th
One of the weakest docus I've seen in a while. The actual tickling and tickler-related parts (hint: the parts the audience signed up for, and which you 100% marketed the movie on) make up 20 minutes at best. There was a solitary interesting interview with a former tickler, and one live tickle scene. The rest of the movie is about a faceless corporation, legal battles, phone calls, covert filming and hunting down some fat guy with fake names. Which all stands out for its blatant lack of tickling.
Rated 20 Oct 2016
83
75th
What starts out as a tale on some seemingly harmless homoerotic fetish films quickly turns into a large and thrilling investigation into crime, old money, and identity theft. The film reminded me quite a bit of Catfish with its quick tempo and blood-pumping narrative drive. However, in this case, the stakes are far larger and many lives have been and are to be ruined by one man's shadowed empire. Really well done.
Rated 23 Dec 2016
8
71st
What is, at face value, an absurd (if intriguing) premise for a documentary turns out to be an incredibly twisted and uncomfortable study into the enigmatic mastermind behind a global ring of tickling competitions, and how this person has soured the lives of so many.
Rated 23 Oct 2016
60
40th
Not as interesting as the trailer but still a very, very interesting watch throught out. Not the best documentary out there abut still, what a story..
Rated 01 Dec 2016
76
59th
Just watch the trailer and you will be soo curious about this. Very strong recommend.
Rated 19 Nov 2016
70
77th
First it was just an oddity, then the shit hit the fan, wtf
Rated 14 May 2017
8
42nd
Though it starts out quite slow, the documentarians get closer and closer to the heart of competitive tickling and the man responsible for it. Though understanding David D'Amato answers a lot of questions about this bizarre "sport", more questions remain: who were those men still producing the videos in LA, and who are these people making them worldwide? D'Amato was funding it, but who were the boots on the ground? The mystery goes a bit beyond him and I wish that was explored.
Rated 05 Jun 2018
75
65th
It's a documentary about a guy with a tickling fetish of all goddamn things, and yet it's the rare kind of documentary that actually had an impact on the world and saved lives. A curious, gripping story as well as a brave and noble one. Who can criticize these filmmakers? Hats off, and I pray for the well-being of all the victims. Make sure to watch the brief follow-up film and read about the aftermath for a satisfactory ending that'll leave you Tickled pink.
Rated 27 Dec 2016
70
76th
Another example of the truth is stranger than fiction. Although I felt there is much more to it than what is shown, its subject matter is entertaining enough of its own. I have this funny feeling (and no I am not being tickled) there will be a sequel soon.
Rated 04 Apr 2017
81
79th
TICKLED seems to be a straightforward, even predictable, 'catfishing' tale, but that only tells half the story. An investigation of the shadowy benefactor behind a decades-long series of tickling fetish videos, the filmmakers peel back a baffling shroud of mystery to uncover uncomfortable truths about money and power, as well as the ability of rich tyrants to abuse the legal system as their personal cudgel. It's lighthearted journalism turned into grinding--and compelling--reality.
Rated 11 Jan 2017
92
89th
I went in blind, and the filmmakers are great at telling this story.
Rated 09 Mar 2017
76
72nd
I just hope there are many other investigations into strange areas of the human behavior happening right now. I just wish there could be more of a resolution to them. It doesn't matter if it's a good one as long as it is not as lacking as this documentary's.
Rated 09 Mar 2017
70
63rd
This is a great Documentary. It has this mysterious feel of delving ever deeper into the rabbit hole and uncovering more and more crazyness.
Rated 02 Apr 2017
70
40th
Bizarre. Reminiscent, to me, of Catfish, but different.
Rated 08 Mar 2017
78
66th
Falsidade ideológica, fraudes mil, ameaças, assédio moral, homofobia, agressões. A declarar? "Não sou gay". Falhamos enormemente como sociedade.
Rated 17 Apr 2017
65
54th
I was slightly disappointed with how cheap and unprofessional it felt at first, but the grassroots, low budget style is also what's appealing about it. I've known of the journalist David Farrier for a number of years now, and I respect him even more now. Anyway, I won't say anything about what happens in it, because it's best to go in fresh, but it's definitely a pretty nuts and fascinating tale that I recommend you see for yourself.
Rated 23 Aug 2016
3
33rd
Fascinating, but a bit anticlimactic and the narration seems a bit disingenuous at times.

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