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Igby Goes Down Reviews

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Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Dark, depressing story that's for adults only.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
December 28, 2008
Consistently unusual, unpredictable and uproarious viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Balancing its frequently absurd humour with poignant observations of that time in life when you're not sure exactly what it is you're rebelling against, Igby Goes Down is an offbeat winner.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rob Macdonald
Apollo Guide
June 24, 2004
Deep, dark and hopelessly cynical - the kind of film that kids are too young for and won't understand and parents are too old for and won't understand either.
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
Marcy Dermansky
October 24, 2003
While J.D. Salinger and his Holden Caulfield positively own the territory of runaway upper class malcontents in New York, this funny and touching film does justice to the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
June 13, 2003
The poignancy of the conclusion leaves you hoping fervently that Igby's best is still to come - and Culkin's, as well.
Matthew Turner
June 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
June 8, 2003
The nearest thing we've got to a big-screen Catcher in the Rye...with Kieran Culkin giving a very Holden Caufield-esque performance.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/5
Tom Dawson
May 13, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 19, 2003
It's second-class Salinger, but even at that it's thoughtfully entertaining.
| Original Score: 7/10
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
December 27, 2002
There are some movies that hit you from the first scene and you know it's going to be a trip. Igby Goes Down is one of those movies.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dragan Antulov
December 23, 2002
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
December 17, 2002
A highly personal look at the effects of living a dysfunctionally privileged lifestyle, and by the end, we only wish we could have spent more time in its world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 8, 2002
The script is witty and touching, and the performances of the leads (and most of the supporting players) carry it off perfectly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Paul Matwychuk
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
November 29, 2002
Writer/director Burr Steers displays a pitch-perfect sense of the way Igby is at once repelled by his family and his upbringing and yet an unmistakable product of it.
Eric D. Snider
November 16, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: B+

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Empire Magazine
September 27, 2003
Peter Bradshaw
July 8, 2003
Writer-director Burr Steers unblushingly compares his work to The Catcher in the Rye, but it's as close to JD Salinger as Earth is to Alpha Centauri.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 13, 2003
Steers misses a trick or two, but on the whole this is a mind-opening exploration of growing up. It's also thoroughly entertaining, in a quirky, unexpected sort of way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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