Greenberg

2010, Drama/Comedy, 1h 47m

176 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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Greenberg's title character is harder to like than most, but Ben Stiller's nuanced performance and a darkly funny script help take the misanthropic edge off. Read critic reviews

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Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller), a failed musician now making a living as a carpenter in New York, returns to Los Angeles to house-sit for his brother (Chris Messina). He is stranded there -- since he doesn't drive -- until his brother's assistant, Florence (Greta Gerwig), comes to his rescue. She is as much a lost soul as he is, and as the pair begin spending more time together, they form a significant connection -- giving Roger a much-needed reason to be happy.

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  • Sep 29, 2017
    Every now and again comes a movie with a backstory much more interesting than what's onscreen. How to live the life we get as opposed to living the life we hope for, is the gist of the work itself, played in particular by Stiller as a unhappy man who unwittingly spreads his unhappiness wherever he goes. He meets a young woman in L.A. (Greta Gerwig) who alleviates that torture somewhat and they venture uncertainly into a future together. Noah Baumbach wrote the story (he also directs) with the wife he was divorcing in real life, Jennifer Jason Leigh (who also co-stars), before taking up with Gerwig. Now there's a set that must've been some big fun to be on, eh? Nonetheless, the work itself ultimately feels tired.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2015
    A character drama from writer/director Noah Baumbach, Greenberg explores some interesting issues but ultimately falls flat. When Roger Greenberg comes to L.A. to housesit for his brother he ends up getting involved with the housekeeper, but his fears and anxieties begin to cause problems between them. Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, Rhys Ifans, and Jennifer Jason Leigh lead the cast and give strong performances; particularly Gerwig, who has a nice charm and a natural comedic sensibility. However, the plot meanders a lot and is full of minutia. And Greenberg is a rather perfunctory character, leaving the audience ambiguous to his plight. Flawed and disjointed, Greenberg is an overly monotonous slice of life film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2014
    Perhaps it is an honest film, but not much fun to watch.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2013
    Although its eponymous protagonist is one of the obnoxious and unlikeable characters I have come across in a very long time and the central romance requires suspension of disbelief, Greenberg benefits from wonderful performances from both Ben Stiller and, in the role that makes the movie so enjoyable, Greta Gerwig, along with a script peppered with dark humor and clever dialogue. It's ironic that the character of Roger Greenberg is the least likable part of Greenberg, but thanks to Gerwig, Stiller, and the smart screenplay, Greenberg is ultimately a surprisingly great dramedy from director Noah Baumbach.
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