• R, 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Burr Steers
    In Theaters:
    Sep 13, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 4, 2003
  • MGM


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Igby Goes Down Reviews

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Anton Bitel
Daily Info

so many of the characters are so soulless, making it difficult to see past their sarcastic, brash exteriors... So when all the iciness melts away, the sentimentality which replaces it seems unconvincingly pat.

Full Review Source: Daily Info

June 11, 2013
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media

Dark, depressing story that's for adults only.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 2, 2011
Michael Dequina

Consistently unusual, unpredictable and uproarious viewing.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

December 28, 2008
Rob Macdonald
Apollo Guide

Deep, dark and hopelessly cynical - the kind of film that kids are too young for and won't understand and parents are too old for and won't understand either.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 77/100

June 24, 2004
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

While teens are at the age of self discovery, Igby is doing his best work at self-destruction.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 5, 2004
Marcy Dermansky

While J.D. Salinger and his Holden Caulfield positively own the territory of runaway upper class malcontents in New York, this funny and touching film does justice to the genre.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 24, 2003
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)

The nearest thing we've got to a big-screen Catcher in the Rye...with Kieran Culkin giving a very Holden Caufield-esque performance.

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 8, 2003
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

An uninspiring, would-be Catcher in the Rye story.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C

January 20, 2003
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

It's second-class Salinger, but even at that it's thoughtfully entertaining.

| Original Score: 7/10

January 19, 2003
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews

There are some movies that hit you from the first scene and you know it's going to be a trip. Igby Goes Down is one of those movies.

| Original Score: 4/5

December 27, 2002
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

A highly personal look at the effects of living a dysfunctionally privileged lifestyle, and by the end, we only wish we could have spent more time in its world.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 17, 2002
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

The script is witty and touching, and the performances of the leads (and most of the supporting players) carry it off perfectly.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 8, 2002
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs

The handiest thing about casting a Culkin in your movie is that if he doesn't exactly fit, you can just exchange him for another, like a rented tuxedo or Baldwin.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 6, 2002
Paul Matwychuk
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Writer/director Burr Steers displays a pitch-perfect sense of the way Igby is at once repelled by his family and his upbringing and yet an unmistakable product of it.

November 29, 2002
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

"The Royal Tenenbaums" without the quirks.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: A

November 11, 2002
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

is an experience far more tame and mainstream than it pretends to be. We start the movie amused by Igby's rough edges and quirks but are then asked to sympathize with his softer side. Its surprises, its honesty, and its shrewd humor get lost somewhere alo

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 5, 2002
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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In its own floundering way, it gets to you. Just like Igby.

| Original Score: B

November 4, 2002
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

J.D. Salinger would've loved Igby.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 3, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I was just not moved by this satire/drama.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

November 3, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Nearly overflowing with boldly eccentric people and lacerating dialogue, 'Igby' throws 'Catcher in the Rye,' 'The Royal Tenenbaums' and 'Less Than Zero' into the Cuisinart and blends them into a cocktail that packs a real kick.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

November 2, 2002
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