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Greenberg Reviews

November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 6, 2010
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.
June 8, 2010
A film of powerful, memorable moments -- some striking dialogue, some great performances, a handful of beautifully played, bracingly discomfiting love scenes -- in search of a structure and, perhaps, a soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 16, 2010
Noah Baumbach again investigates psychologically screwed-up people, although this time with much less comedic impact.
March 31, 2010
Stiller is expert at playing self-indulgent types unaware of their boorishness, and Greenberg is no exception.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 26, 2010
What saves it, however, is Gerwig. The love story ain't credible, but her performance is, perfectly capturing a young woman who doesn't lack confidence so much as a sense of self.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 26, 2010
In many ways this is Baumbach's best film, filled with his bitter but often funny misanthropic perspective, but buoyed by the undeniable likability of Stiller and Gerwig.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 26, 2010
The movie has the easy, unforced feel of the temporary timeout in life that Roger himself has embarked on. The script is full of funny, observant lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 26, 2010
The movie ends on strange note, almost as if even Baumbach couldn't stand to spend one more minute with the odious Greenberg.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 25, 2010
Baumbach may paint miniatures, but his films are anything but quaint. They're as unsettling as meeting a harmless but difficult stranger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 25, 2010
Even among the cavalcade of finks and egoists that populate Baumbach's body of work, Greenberg is a doozy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 25, 2010
Greenberg won't be everyone's cup of hemlock. Yet we all know people like this -- the ones who only hear their own motors running -- and Baumbach locates and mines a rich vein of appalled comic sympathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 25, 2010
Stiller's portrayal is so acutely real, Baumbach's writing so cutting and specific, and the work of Gerwig so seemingly effortless that Greenberg makes you, if not happy to stick around, then at least agreeable to the idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 25, 2010
Stiller plays a monster, and when Gerwig goes for him, declaring that she sees his tender side, the development seems like a fond indulgence on the part of writer-director Noah Baumbach.
March 25, 2010
Greenberg may not win any popularity contests, but for fans of risk-taking cinema, it's most likely to succeed.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 25, 2010
Cinematographer Harris Savides captures the relentless, rather terrifying sunniness of LA without ignoring the smog. Baumbach's script and direction has brought out the best in everyone on-screen.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
March 25, 2010
I never knew who Ben Stiller was born to play, but now I do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 24, 2010
As unlikable as Roger is, Stiller finds a way to make you see past his bitterness and sympathize with his aimlessness. You don't like him, but you feel his pain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 22, 2010
True to this chauvinistic genre, Gerwig is a vacuum who lives to serve the house, the man and the mechanics of Baumbach's script.
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 22, 2010
Greenberg would be a heckuva movie if we could just get Greenberg out of there.
March 19, 2010
The funniest and saddest movie Mr. Baumbach has made so far, and also the riskiest.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 19, 2010
Greenberg will do a lot for Stiller's reputation and Gerwig's profile, but its awkward, messy humanity and uncomfortable honesty won't necessarily do a lot for ticket-buyers more used to lighter, warmer and breezier entertainments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 19, 2010
Greenberg scintillates with intelligence, razor's-edge humor and austere empathy for its struggling lovers.
March 19, 2010
To really pull off Greenberg would require a lead performance from a master actor. The actor it stars is...Ben Stiller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 19, 2010
Greenberg is a nasty neurotic. Florence is a passive victim. If you're looking for someone to identify with -- well, pray you don't find one here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 18, 2010
The movie has the curious vagueness of intent that makes so many "meaningful" works of fiction not all that meaningful.
March 18, 2010
Greenberg is all about that halting, forward movement. Maybe there's no happy ending for Roger Greenberg, but there's no going back, either, and that counts as progress.
March 18, 2010
Greenberg's inconclusive last scene hints at the possibility that even the bitterest basket case stands a chance of finding someone who loves him. That's sort of my hope for this movie, too.
March 18, 2010
Baumbach tracks Roger without glib condescension. That's why Greenberg pulls you in. Even when you laugh, like in the climactic party scene, it hurts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2010
In Greenberg it's sometimes difficult to figure out whether it's Roger or Baumbach who has lost his way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 18, 2010
Bittersweet and beautifully realized, harsh but humane, Greenberg is a self-consciously small film that nevertheless leaves an indelible mark.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 17, 2010
Nothing good happens during the course of the movie -- and Baumbach seems to be saying, Take it or leave it. I, for one, take it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 17, 2010
It's one of my favorite Stiller performances, perhaps precisely because it is such a surprisingly nuanced turn.
March 17, 2010
Greenberg only slightly misses the top flight by settling for too weak a foil.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 16, 2010
Greenberg is a perceptive look at coming to terms with, if not entirely embracing, the life you weren't expecting and by no means wanted.
March 16, 2010
The style is observational, the drama is understated, and, when the time comes, it knocks you out with the subtlest of badda-booms.
March 15, 2010
This is tricky, ambiguous material, seemingly better fitted to a short literary novel than to a movie, and it could have gone wrong in a hundred ways, yet Baumbach handles it with great assurance.