Brad's Status Reviews

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September 15, 2017
As he proved in his first film, Chuck and Buck, and the TV series Enlightened, White has empathy for people on outside looking in, and Brad's Status is his most naked - and grim - exploration of envy yet.
September 15, 2017
Brad could be a difficult person to spend 101 minutes with, but White keeps the film tart, not bitter, by both staying inside Brad's head and letting us see how disordered his values are.
September 14, 2017
White excels at writing dislikable protagonists ... while giving his characters enough humanity not to be monsters, and the potential for change.
September 14, 2017
If Brad's emotional status were a work of art, it would look a lot like an Edvard Munch scream, or maybe a dark little corner of Dante's Inferno.
Top Critic
September 14, 2017
Brad's Status offers usefully excruciating insights into the wild swings between hubris and self-laceration that fuel our daily efforts to solidify a coherent self.
September 14, 2017
Starting from a single key insight into human behavior - the natural compulsion to compare oneself to others - White has spun a funny, empathetic and surprisingly grounded comedy that itself defies obvious comparisons.
September 14, 2017
"Brad's Status" at its best is genuinely thought-provoking.
September 14, 2017
As dad obsessed with his son's college applications, Ben Stiller is at his best in Mike White's high-anxiety satire. Stiller and White: they make you laugh till it hurts.
September 14, 2017
In the vein of his previous screenplays for Chuck and Buck, The Good Girl and Beatriz at Dinner, White depicts the darker side of human nature with deadpan humor and daring honesty.
September 13, 2017
White altogether avoids the sourness that marred his directorial debut, 2007's Year Of The Dog, and he's made a real find in Abrams, who counters Stiller's raw neediness with hilarious disaffection.
September 11, 2017
With movies experiencing a glaring dearth in quietly human, perceptively satirical comedy, the appearance of Brad's Status is something of a breath of fresh air.
September 11, 2017
Writer-director Mike White's screenplay juggles warmth with a caustic edge that doesn't only put Brad in his place; it sums up the essence of Stiller's performances, giving a slew of solipsistic characters the medicine they deserve.
September 11, 2017
Does the world need another Ben-Stiller-as-malcontent-white-man movie? When it's as sharp a satire as writer-director Mike White has made, absolutely!
September 11, 2017
The message is too obvious and the humour too gentle for the whole affair not to feel like so much white male whining.
September 10, 2017
A droll and affecting male-midlife-crisis comedy.
September 10, 2017
While White might not make for an entirely convincing film-maker, his script still reveals his considerable skills as a humorist.
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