• 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

Ken Eisner
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February 13, 2009
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
David Edelstein
NPR's Fresh Air
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November 16, 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
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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

October 10, 2002
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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In all, Steers has insured that this teenage film will be recognizable to teenagers but not limited to them.

October 8, 2002
Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
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Holden Caulfield did it better.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

September 27, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 27, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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September 23, 2002
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Wickedly funny, jarringly transgressive, obdurately unpigeonholeable and startlingly moving.

September 20, 2002
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Although I hate Igby -- he's snotty, rich, emotionally brutal, cynical, treacherous, vindictive, manipulative -- I also love him. You can, truly, feel his pain.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 20, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Like its hero, the film seems unformed and rambling, more like a rough draft than a finished product.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

September 20, 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
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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A deliciously cold, brutal and unsentimental gem about growing up in an environment that knows no mercy.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: A+

September 20, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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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

September 20, 2002
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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This 'dark comedy' has an amazing amount of heart to go with its darkness.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 20, 2002
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Blisteringly rude, scarily funny, sorrowfully sympathetic to the damage it surveys, the film has in Kieran Culkin a pitch-perfect Holden.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 20, 2002

Arizona Republic
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September 20, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 20, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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| Original Score: B+

September 20, 2002
Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
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The sly, visceral and daring comedy with its startling opening and strong, magnetic cast has a lot going for it.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

September 19, 2002
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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The kid is a bit of a twit.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

September 19, 2002
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Surprises you with a reservoir of emotion and sentiment that happily counters the film's trendy ironic veneer.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

September 19, 2002
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A prickly coming-of-age tale in which everybody -- but especially Culkin -- shines.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

September 19, 2002
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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A kinetic drama that seems to wander aimlessly, beautifully until it crashes in an odd anti-climax befitting reality itself.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

September 19, 2002
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

September 18, 2002
Stephanie Zacharek
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Far too taken with its own rumpled-chino stylishness to be genuinely affecting.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 18, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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An original and biting piece of work.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

September 16, 2002
James Berardinelli
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I have always appreciated a smartly written motion picture, and, whatever flaws Igby Goes Down may possess, it is undeniably that.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

September 14, 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
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
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Steers, in his feature film debut, has created a brilliant motion picture.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

September 13, 2002
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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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

September 13, 2002
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 12, 2002
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

September 12, 2002
John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
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Culkin, a revelation here, mines every last nuance of the confusion and anger that results.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 12, 2002
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Poisonously funny and unstintingly furious gem.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

September 11, 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
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Darkly hilarious, unexpectedly heartbreaking.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 6, 2002
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

September 6, 2002
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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An original work filled with bracing wit and sharp observations about character, class and social milieu.

August 30, 2002
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