Igby Goes Down Reviews

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Ken Eisner
Variety
February 13, 2009
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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David Edelstein
NPR's Fresh Air
November 16, 2002
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 4, 2002
In its own floundering way, it gets to you. Just like Igby.
| Original Score: B
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 10, 2002
The film makes a fatal mistake: It asks us to care about a young man whose only apparent virtue is that he is not quite as unpleasant as some of the people in his life.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
October 8, 2002
In all, Steers has insured that this teenage film will be recognizable to teenagers but not limited to them.
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Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
September 27, 2002
Holden Caulfield did it better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 27, 2002
Good actors have a radar for juicy roles -- there's a plethora of characters in this picture, and not one of them is flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 23, 2002
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 20, 2002
Wickedly funny, jarringly transgressive, obdurately unpigeonholeable and startlingly moving.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 20, 2002
Although I hate Igby -- he's snotty, rich, emotionally brutal, cynical, treacherous, vindictive, manipulative -- I also love him. You can, truly, feel his pain.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 20, 2002
Like its hero, the film seems unformed and rambling, more like a rough draft than a finished product.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 20, 2002
Mean-spirited and not remotely clever, though it strives for archness at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
September 20, 2002
A deliciously cold, brutal and unsentimental gem about growing up in an environment that knows no mercy.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
September 20, 2002
Steers shows mastery of a truly tricky point of view. He's immensely aided in the cause by an A-list cast.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
September 20, 2002
This 'dark comedy' has an amazing amount of heart to go with its darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 20, 2002
Blisteringly rude, scarily funny, sorrowfully sympathetic to the damage it surveys, the film has in Kieran Culkin a pitch-perfect Holden.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Arizona Republic
September 20, 2002
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 20, 2002
Because the genre is well established, what makes the movie fresh is smart writing, skewed characters, and the title performance by Kieran Culkin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 20, 2002
| Original Score: B+
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
September 19, 2002
The sly, visceral and daring comedy with its startling opening and strong, magnetic cast has a lot going for it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 19, 2002
The kid is a bit of a twit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 19, 2002
Surprises you with a reservoir of emotion and sentiment that happily counters the film's trendy ironic veneer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 19, 2002
A prickly coming-of-age tale in which everybody -- but especially Culkin -- shines.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
September 19, 2002
A kinetic drama that seems to wander aimlessly, beautifully until it crashes in an odd anti-climax befitting reality itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 18, 2002
The kind of film in which everyone's point of view is respected ... and yet everyone, including Igby, remains something of a mystery. Nobody wins, and nobody loses. This is one grown-up movie.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 18, 2002
Far too taken with its own rumpled-chino stylishness to be genuinely affecting.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 16, 2002
An original and biting piece of work.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 14, 2002
I have always appreciated a smartly written motion picture, and, whatever flaws Igby Goes Down may possess, it is undeniably that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 13, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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September 13, 2002
Steers, in his feature film debut, has created a brilliant motion picture.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
September 13, 2002
The real triumphs in Igby come from Philippe, who makes Oliver far more interesting than the character's lines would suggest, and Sarandon, who couldn't be better as a cruel but weirdly likable WASP matron.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 12, 2002
Although Igby has its share of glitches and tonal inconsistencies, it packs an emotional wallop similar to that of another cultural golden oldie as beloved in its way as The Catcher in the Rye: The Graduate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2002
Igby is ... so irritating that people periodically feel impelled to lash out and hit him out of sheer frustration at the smugness of his baby rebellion. Audiences will likely be tempted to throw a few punches themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
September 12, 2002
Culkin, a revelation here, mines every last nuance of the confusion and anger that results.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 11, 2002
Poisonously funny and unstintingly furious gem.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Ed Park
Village Voice
September 10, 2002
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 6, 2002
Darkly hilarious, unexpectedly heartbreaking.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 6, 2002
It's been a long time since the screen has produced a more charmingly muddled or more consistently interesting kid than 17-year-old Jason (Igby) Slocumb.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 30, 2002
An original work filled with bracing wit and sharp observations about character, class and social milieu.