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The Square (2010)

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 83
Fresh: 71 | Rotten: 12

The Square may not quite live up to the modern noir classics that inspired it, but with twists and tension to spare, it comes admirably close.

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 5

The Square may not quite live up to the modern noir classics that inspired it, but with twists and tension to spare, it comes admirably close.

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Lovers Ray and Carla plan to burn down her house at Christmas, to run off with her husband's drug money. Ray has a side scheme going too, taking kickbacks on the love hotel project whose construction he's managing. The suburban Aussie marrieds live across a river from each other, the much older, domesticated Ray in a upper middle-class neighborhood, Carla on the wrong side of the water. The cheaters will lure their families to the same Christmas picnic celebration, to provide alibis while still

Aug 24, 2010

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All Critics (83) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (71) | Rotten (12) | DVD (7)

A taut, well-executed if somewhat predictable riff on the murderous caper-that-goes-wrong theme that has anchored sexy, blood-stained crime pictures from The Postman Always Rings Twice to Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.

July 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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A well-made and entertaining descent into a black-comic hell.

July 6, 2010
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It's as if filmmaking brothers Joel and Nash Edgerton (Joel cowrote, produced and costars, Nash directed) sat down and said, "Let's watch these suckers wreck their lives, and the lives of everyone around them."

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A perverse delight, the rare film that makes you feel good about feeling bad (or at least watching others do so).

June 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Things go from bad to worse to downright disastrous in the enthralling Australian import The Square.

May 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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The Square is a solidly constructed thriller with some missing pieces at the center but vivid splashes of color outside the lines.

May 13, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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This kind of crime film is not easy to make, and the Edgertons have done an admirable job with The Square.

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The Square gets plenty of early elements in place to promise something more special than it ultimately becomes... Even a strong first impression can't survive such a flailing resolution.

August 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

"The Square": It's Australian for noir, mate.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Wisconsin State Journal
Wisconsin State Journal

A debut feature that replaces the Coen brothers' humor in similarly labyrinthine comedies of errors with Arthur Penn's grit and Peckinpah's tense string tuning.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Dire, frantic, and unfailingly engaging...introduces a major filmmaking talent to the scene who understands the utter joy that comes with detailing complete psychological devastation.

July 14, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

A tough, twisty tale of murder, adultery and purloined loot that stays true to author James Ellroy's succinct summation of the primary theme of film noir: 'We're all ----ed.'

June 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The Edgertons are in complete command of their craft, without bringing anything new to the party.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly
Philadelphia Weekly

Slick compared to films noir of old, the stunts too cool and characters too swishy, but swaggering with a good old-fashioned edge and raw steaming action for each and every one of its 105 minutes.

May 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

The movie's protagonists (and all of its supporting characters) are reprehensible people, and Roberts' performance is fascinatingly uncharismatic, extinguishing any possibility of sympathy for his character even when the film gradually reveals his town to

May 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

In terms of a modern crime thriller, you're not going to do any better than this debut film.

May 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

While the performances are good, it felt like I had already seen this movie before. Also, if you are looking to root for anyone, you're going to have to look elsewhere.

May 22, 2010 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

The Square recalls one of cinema's all-time classic lines, that moment in 1981's Body Heat when Kathleen Turner's femme fatale Matty Walker studies William Hurt's gullible Ned Racine and declares, "You're not too smart, are you? I like that in a man."

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Rather than intrigue, the pile-up of confounding issues in The Square merely bores, hindered by pacing that is uniformly slow rather than suspenseful. A better title: The Blob.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Indie Movies Online
Indie Movies Online

What's to be admired is how fearlessly Edgerton embraces the dirt and grime oozing out of "The Square," manufacturing the guilt that's produced when information is withheld, when lies are tossed around, and when the best laid plans go awry.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood News
Hollywood News

A fiendishly gripping thriller.

May 20, 2010 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

The whole thing unfolds with sadistic precision, but Edgerton's expert manipulation makes it a fun ride nonetheless.

May 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Audience Reviews for The Square

This is one of the best Australia film's I've ever seen. I am very surprised that some director here in the US has stole the idea, like is done with so many Japanese Films. The title the Square is misleading. it should be called the Tangled Web, or the Rousted Triangle, cause that what you have. Claire van der Boom plays an excellent part as a young beautiful everyday women in an affair with a older man, wanting to get away from her abusive husband, who ha come up with a large sum of money hidden in his attic, which she finds, and now has the money to run away with her lover, So starts the web / square of involvement of people that all become linked together one way or another. This movie will keep you on the edge. The ending will blow you away, Very realistic. This is a Must see Today film. 4 1/2 stars.
January 6, 2012
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A very dark crime story without a happy ending. Lots of twists and turns. You get deeper, and deeper, into the movie as the characters lives unravel. Amazing how much can go wrong after one small REALLY bad idea. Great job...
August 19, 2011
itsjustme2004

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The Square explores a fairly common concept but it does so with such a gritty realism it feels very original. Nash Edgerton has sadistic tendencies, The Square is often gut wrenching in its suspense but it never disappoints or goes too far. This is a very stylish thriller too, I'm sure Nash Edgerton is a good stunt man but I think it's fair to say this is his true calling. A very accomplished thriller, highly recommended.
May 17, 2011
SirPant

Super Reviewer

The square is a realistic thriller that moves at a slow pace and peaks from time to time. This film was a little boring and did not have a big climax like most thrillers but it did have some good dramatic scenes.
March 14, 2011
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