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Kicking and Screaming Reviews

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
February 28, 2010
For a debut, Noah Baumbach's Kicking and Screaming is an impressive effort, but it lacks the resonance or flexibility of his The Squid and the Whale, released ten years later.
Full Review | Original Score: 58/100
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 19, 2006
Mixing the neurotic drive of Woody Allen with the urbane wit of Stillman, this derivative debut presents yet another take on guys who simply can't let go of college--and their adolescence.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 16, 2006
Charts the aimlessness and ennui of four insufferable, maturation-adverse college grads with relaxed realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Fienberg
Zap2it.com
December 23, 2005
Not much happens, but it captures that moment between college and the real world with perceptive [occasionally glib] accuracy.
| Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 25, 2005
Sporadically funny film with an achingly predictable plot - your enjoyment of this will hinge on whether or not you think Will Ferrell is a Comedy God.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 23, 2004
One of the better navel-gazing comedies of this period
| Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
November 6, 2002
Smart and well-performed - captures a time and a feeling with grace and intelligence.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
First-time writer and director Noah Baumbach, 25, has a knack for acute observation and a spirited cast to animate every twisted nuance.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
Baumbach ... pushes his rigorous stance to the extent that you begin to wonder why you're bothering to watch the aimless lives of these four unfold.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
What's on screen is just a little too familiar to be worth lauding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I like people who talk interestingly, who have read books, who appreciate verbal wit, who look dubiously at establishment assumptions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jean Oppenheimer
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
Baumbach makes an assured writing/directing debut, but this will probably do best in the video marketplace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
In general, Baumbach's eye for generational detail is impeccable -- he knows what's on these kids' minds, and has found a language to express it.
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Kicking And Screaming's familiarity breeds a caustic but definitive contentment that comes with uncloaking the popular twentysomething trend toward guy-bright-but-lite.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Although Baumbach's film showed a lot of potential, too much was unrealized for me to be able to recommend it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Stands out amongst the 'twentysomething and fresh out of college' crop of films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Loses its initial kick and verve and settles down into one long whine.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Writer-director Noel Baumbach establishes an ear for commentary during his wry-guy movie's opening graduation party.
| Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
A hilarious example of what not to do when you graduate.
| Original Score: 4/5
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Baumbach fails to realize that too often movies about boring people are, well, boring.
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