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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.



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A New Yorker moves to Los Angeles in order to figure out his life while he housesits for his brother, and he soon sparks with his brother's assistant.


Ben Stiller
as Roger Greenberg
Rhys Ifans
as Ivan Schrank
Greta Gerwig
as Florence Marr
Chris Messina
as Phillip Greenberg
Susan Traylor
as Carol Greenberg
Mark Duplass
as Eric Beller
Trace Webb
as Victor
Koby Rouviere
as Greenberg Boy
Sydney Rouviere
as Greenberg Girl
Charlotte Vida Silverman
as Beller's Daughter
Emily Lacy
as Gallery Band Member
Aaron Wrinkle
as Gallery Band Member
Heather Lockie
as Gallery Band Member
Chris Coy
as Guy at Gallery
Nicole Luizzi
as Vet Receptionist
Luke Clements
as Guitarist
Jeremy Barber
as Musso and Frank's Patron
Anna Culp
as Musso and Frank's Patron
Erica Huggins
as Musso and Frank's Patron
Dale JE Herbert II
as Musso and Frank's Patron
Sophie Savides
as Musso and Frank's Patron
Jessica Mills
as Second Vet Receptionist
Layla Delridge
as Girl With Beer
Nick Nordella
as Kid at Stereo
Trent Gill
as Kid at Stereo
Emily Kuntz
as Party Guest
Zosia Mamet
as Party Guest
Zoe Di Stefano
as Party Guest
Cole M. Greif-Neil
as Party Guest
Micah Shaffer
as Guy With Joint
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Critic Reviews for Greenberg

All Critics (172) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (131) | Rotten (41)

  • Far from the usual slapstick laced with smarts comedy, Greenberg is Ben Stiller's Punch Drunk Love.

    Aug 8, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • As a study of stasis and of people conscious of not living the lives they had imagined for themselves, the picture offers a bracing undertow of seriousness beneath the deceptively casual, dramatically offhand surface.

    Jul 6, 2010

    Todd McCarthy

    Top Critic
  • Like the director's Kicking and Screaming and Margot at the Wedding, it works as an almost perfect example of a certain kind of American neurosis.

    Jun 11, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Lurching between comedy and agony, Noah Baumbach's new film appears to be the simple tale of a man recovering from a nervous breakdown. Yet Greenberg resonates for days afterwards, like a hangover after a peculiar and fascinating party.

    Jun 11, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • This is a movie about the awful shock of early middle age, the sudden realisation that you are not one of the young people any more. Like a wasp, it delivers a sharp sting of sadness.

    Jun 10, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Baumbach grows up and suggests he's getting better with age.

    Jun 10, 2010 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Greenberg

  • 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.
    Joey S Super Reviewer

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