The Squid and the Whale Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009

A simple but engrossing parable of a family set in half, and their children having to choose sides.

Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
August 6, 2007

Like the diorama in New York's Museum of Natural History from which the film's title is derived, The Squid And The Whale depicts deep-seated conflict in a manner that is at once exquisitely lifelike and mesmerisingly awful to look at.

Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007

The script is delightful, and the banter between the family members is fresh without seeming too scripted.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Matt McAllister
Future Movies UK
August 19, 2006

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
August 11, 2006

Un retrato honesto y revelador de la descomposición de un matrimonio, visto desde la perspectiva de los hijos adolescentes.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
August 5, 2006

...Baumbach's most emotionally potent and visually coherent film to date.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
April 7, 2006

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
April 6, 2006

Beautifully written, moving and frequently hilarious drama with terrific performances and superb, Oscar-nominated dialogue - this is one of the best films of the year.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
April 2, 2006

It's brittle, yet tender. Familiar, yet fresh. Intelligent with shooting pains of unpredictability, the film offers no simple answers to unanswerable questions. Instead it leave us with a heartfelt portrayal that involves and touches us.

Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 4, 2006

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
February 3, 2006

Relentless in its condemnation of childish parenting and irresponsibility, Noah Baumbach's uncomfortable The Squid and the Whale ranks as one of 2005's best films by pulling no punches whatsoever.

Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 2, 2006

An insightful, unblinking, bittersweet and funny portrait of a family in the process of a bitter divorce.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
January 5, 2006

A wry exercise in acute observation and emotional distancing, Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale represents what's best in autobiographical filmmaking.

Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
December 29, 2005

... this movie makes you want to hit these stupid parents on the head with a mallet until they come to their senses and realize their poison is contaminating their children.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 28, 2005

[Squid] joins The Ice Storm and The Royal Tennebaums ... as one of the strongest recent films about the far-reaching consequences of adultery and divorce.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
December 23, 2005

A biting comedy emerges from the truths in the characters' confused actions, brought brilliantly to life by each of the actors.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
December 22, 2005

A deeply personal and unsparing film, The Squid and the Whale finds humor in the heartache and harpoons the notion that divorce has no casualties.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 17, 2005

Perceptive and graced with a dozen or so small moments of truth ... a highly personal movie that will so thoroughly connect with some members of its audience that they might well be transformed by it.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 14, 2005

In the end, Baumbach's rich film is about coming to terms with reality.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012

Devin Faraci
February 27, 2009

David Ansen
Top Critic
November 1, 2007

Ben Walters
Time Out New York
Top Critic
August 16, 2007

Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 11, 2006

Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006
April 11, 2006

Peter Bradshaw
April 8, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
April 7, 2006

Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

Boston Phoenix
December 17, 2005

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 6, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
December 6, 2005

Baltimore Sun
December 6, 2005

AV Club
Top Critic
October 8, 2005

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