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The Square Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

This kind of crime film is not easy to make, and the Edgertons have done an admirable job with The Square.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

September 3, 2010
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

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.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: C

August 30, 2010
Rob Thomas
Wisconsin State Journal

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

Full Review Source: Wisconsin State Journal | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 26, 2010
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

July 16, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

July 15, 2010
Brian Orndorf

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A-

July 14, 2010
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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A well-made and entertaining descent into a black-comic hell.

July 6, 2010
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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."

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 6, 2010
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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).

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 22, 2010
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.'

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 11, 2010
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

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

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly

June 2, 2010
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

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.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 8/10

May 27, 2010
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 42/100

May 26, 2010
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 26, 2010
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

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.

Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 5/10

May 22, 2010
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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."

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 21, 2010
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online

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.

Full Review Source: Indie Movies Online | Original Score: 2.5/10

May 21, 2010
Sean O'Connell
Hollywood News

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.

Full Review Source: Hollywood News | Original Score: 3/4

May 21, 2010
Eric D. Snider

A fiendishly gripping thriller.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A-

May 20, 2010
Marc Mohan

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

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: A-

May 20, 2010
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