Kicking and Screaming Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
February 28, 2010
For a debut, Noah Baumbach's Kicking and Screaming is an impressive effort, but it lacks the resonance or flexibility of his The Squid and the Whale, released ten years later.
Full Review | Original Score: 58/100
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
September 29, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 16, 2006
Charts the aimlessness and ennui of four insufferable, maturation-adverse college grads with relaxed realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Fienberg
Zap2it.com
December 23, 2005
Not much happens, but it captures that moment between college and the real world with perceptive [occasionally glib] accuracy.
| Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 25, 2005
Sporadically funny film with an achingly predictable plot - your enjoyment of this will hinge on whether or not you think Will Ferrell is a Comedy God.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 23, 2004
One of the better navel-gazing comedies of this period
| Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
November 6, 2002
Smart and well-performed - captures a time and a feeling with grace and intelligence.
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
First-time writer and director Noah Baumbach, 25, has a knack for acute observation and a spirited cast to animate every twisted nuance.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Stands out amongst the 'twentysomething and fresh out of college' crop of films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Writer-director Noel Baumbach establishes an ear for commentary during his wry-guy movie's opening graduation party.
| Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
A hilarious example of what not to do when you graduate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I like people who talk interestingly, who have read books, who appreciate verbal wit, who look dubiously at establishment assumptions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jean Oppenheimer
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
Baumbach makes an assured writing/directing debut, but this will probably do best in the video marketplace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
In general, Baumbach's eye for generational detail is impeccable -- he knows what's on these kids' minds, and has found a language to express it.
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Kicking And Screaming's familiarity breeds a caustic but definitive contentment that comes with uncloaking the popular twentysomething trend toward guy-bright-but-lite.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Entertainment Weekly
October 6, 1995
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 19, 2006
Mixing the neurotic drive of Woody Allen with the urbane wit of Stillman, this derivative debut presents yet another take on guys who simply can't let go of college--and their adolescence.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 24, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
May 16, 2012
Urban Cinefile Critics
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October 18, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
August 13, 2005
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
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