• 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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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
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It suffers from Culkin's monotonous performance, which does not inspire sympathy or interest.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 19, 2002
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
Brian Orndorf

Full Review Source: Modamag.com | Original Score: 1/10

September 20, 2002
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

It's Harold and Maude without the humanism, Rushmore without the insight and The Graduate without the irony.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

September 19, 2002
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Even Culkin's intensely mordant performance here can't make this pointless and brutal film watchable.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

September 11, 2002
Erik Childress

A mean-spirited film made by someone who surely read The Catcher in the Rye but clearly suffers from dyslexia

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 12, 2002
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

Writer/director Burr Steers emphasizes the Q in Quirky, with mixed results.

| Original Score: 2/4

September 16, 2002
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

Igby insists on throwing one unsympathetic character after another at us until it becomes clear there's nobody to root for.

Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 27, 2002
John Anderson
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You get the impression that writer and director Burr Steers knows the territory ... but his sense of humor has yet to lose the smug self-satisfaction usually associated with the better private schools.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

September 13, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Mean-spirited and not remotely clever, though it strives for archness at every turn.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

September 20, 2002
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2/4

January 6, 2003
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a lot of the conversations play like sitcom fodder, with characters setting up punchlines and entering scenes at just the right moment.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

September 27, 2002
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

As disconcerting as LaBute's equally nasty though less charming dramedy Your Friends & Neighbors.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 16, 2002
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

Oh, to be an entitled and disaffected teen living in New York high society.

Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL) | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 26, 2002
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

A laughless black comedy with no characters worth caring about, the story concerns the topic that Hollywood knows best, seriously dysfunctional families that are vicious, cruel and crazy.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 16, 2002
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
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Instead of 'The Royal Tenenbaums,' a viewer might be inclined to term the result 'The Royal Pains'...you can admire its attempts at wit without finding the actual outcome terribly funny.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C+

September 7, 2002
Ed Park
Village Voice
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Culkin broods and freaks out ably, but Igby's snotty, dysfunction-derived malaise remains off-putting, mostly because his lines aren't half as clever or empathic as Steers would believe.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 10, 2002
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Rich Cline
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April 13, 2003
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
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January 7, 2003
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September 20, 2002
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September 27, 2003

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