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Igby Goes Down Reviews

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Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
November 5, 2002
is an experience far more tame and mainstream than it pretends to be. We start the movie amused by Igby's rough edges and quirks but are then asked to sympathize with his softer side. Its surprises, its honesty, and its shrewd humor get lost somewhere alo
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
December 6, 2002
The handiest thing about casting a Culkin in your movie is that if he doesn't exactly fit, you can just exchange him for another, like a rented tuxedo or Baldwin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 19, 2002
It suffers from Culkin's monotonous performance, which does not inspire sympathy or interest.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Anton Bitel
Daily Info
June 11, 2013
so many of the characters are so soulless, making it difficult to see past their sarcastic, brash exteriors... So when all the iciness melts away, the sentimentality which replaces it seems unconvincingly pat.
Brian Orndorf
September 20, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 19, 2002
It's Harold and Maude without the humanism, Rushmore without the insight and The Graduate without the irony.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 11, 2002
Even Culkin's intensely mordant performance here can't make this pointless and brutal film watchable.
Erik Childress
September 12, 2002
A mean-spirited film made by someone who surely read The Catcher in the Rye but clearly suffers from dyslexia
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
September 16, 2002
Writer/director Burr Steers emphasizes the Q in Quirky, with mixed results.
| Original Score: 2/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
September 27, 2002
"Igby'" insists on throwing one unsympathetic character after another at us until it becomes clear there's nobody to root for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
September 13, 2002
You get the impression that writer and director Burr Steers knows the territory ... but his sense of humor has yet to lose the smug self-satisfaction usually associated with the better private schools.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 20, 2002
Mean-spirited and not remotely clever, though it strives for archness at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 6, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 27, 2002
...a lot of the conversations play like sitcom fodder, with characters setting up punchlines and entering scenes at just the right moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 16, 2002
As disconcerting as LaBute's equally nasty though less charming dramedy Your Friends & Neighbors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
September 26, 2002
Oh, to be an entitled and disaffected teen living in New York high society.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
September 16, 2002
A laughless black comedy with no characters worth caring about, the story concerns the topic that Hollywood knows best, seriously dysfunctional families that are vicious, cruel and crazy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 20, 2003
An uninspiring, would-be Catcher in the Rye story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 7, 2002
Instead of 'The Royal Tenenbaums,' a viewer might be inclined to term the result 'The Royal Pains'...you can admire its attempts at wit without finding the actual outcome terribly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ed Park
Village Voice
September 10, 2002
Culkin broods and freaks out ably, but Igby's snotty, dysfunction-derived malaise remains off-putting, mostly because his lines aren't half as clever or empathic as Steers would believe.
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