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Igby Goes Down Reviews

February 13, 2009
Steers puts a lot of balls in the air, but no one, including Igby, gets developed far enough for viewers to really know and care about them.
June 24, 2006
Yes, it's The Catcher in the Rye all over again - with generous helpings of Rushmore, The Graduate, Bret Easton Ellis and The Ice Storm. Igby never reaches those heights ...
November 4, 2002
In its own floundering way, it gets to you. Just like Igby.
Read More | Original Score: B
October 10, 2002
The film makes a fatal mistake: It asks us to care about a young man whose only apparent virtue is that he is not quite as unpleasant as some of the people in his life.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 8, 2002
In all, Steers has insured that this teenage film will be recognizable to teenagers but not limited to them.
September 27, 2002
Holden Caulfield did it better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 27, 2002
Good actors have a radar for juicy roles -- there's a plethora of characters in this picture, and not one of them is flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 20, 2002
Wickedly funny, jarringly transgressive, obdurately unpigeonholeable and startlingly moving.
September 20, 2002
Although I hate Igby -- he's snotty, rich, emotionally brutal, cynical, treacherous, vindictive, manipulative -- I also love him. You can, truly, feel his pain.
September 20, 2002
Like its hero, the film seems unformed and rambling, more like a rough draft than a finished product.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 20, 2002
Mean-spirited and not remotely clever, though it strives for archness at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 20, 2002
A deliciously cold, brutal and unsentimental gem about growing up in an environment that knows no mercy.
Read More | Original Score: A+
September 20, 2002
Steers shows mastery of a truly tricky point of view. He's immensely aided in the cause by an A-list cast.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 20, 2002
This 'dark comedy' has an amazing amount of heart to go with its darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 20, 2002
Blisteringly rude, scarily funny, sorrowfully sympathetic to the damage it surveys, the film has in Kieran Culkin a pitch-perfect Holden.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 20, 2002
Because the genre is well established, what makes the movie fresh is smart writing, skewed characters, and the title performance by Kieran Culkin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 20, 2002
Read More | Original Score: B+
September 19, 2002
The sly, visceral and daring comedy with its startling opening and strong, magnetic cast has a lot going for it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 19, 2002
The kid is a bit of a twit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 19, 2002
Surprises you with a reservoir of emotion and sentiment that happily counters the film's trendy ironic veneer.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 19, 2002
A prickly coming-of-age tale in which everybody -- but especially Culkin -- shines.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 19, 2002
A kinetic drama that seems to wander aimlessly, beautifully until it crashes in an odd anti-climax befitting reality itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 18, 2002
The kind of film in which everyone's point of view is respected ... and yet everyone, including Igby, remains something of a mystery. Nobody wins, and nobody loses. This is one grown-up movie.
September 18, 2002
Far too taken with its own rumpled-chino stylishness to be genuinely affecting.
September 16, 2002
An original and biting piece of work.
September 14, 2002
I have always appreciated a smartly written motion picture, and, whatever flaws Igby Goes Down may possess, it is undeniably that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 13, 2002
Steers, in his feature film debut, has created a brilliant motion picture.
September 13, 2002
The real triumphs in Igby come from Philippe, who makes Oliver far more interesting than the character's lines would suggest, and Sarandon, who couldn't be better as a cruel but weirdly likable WASP matron.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 12, 2002
Although Igby has its share of glitches and tonal inconsistencies, it packs an emotional wallop similar to that of another cultural golden oldie as beloved in its way as The Catcher in the Rye: The Graduate.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 12, 2002
Igby is ... so irritating that people periodically feel impelled to lash out and hit him out of sheer frustration at the smugness of his baby rebellion. Audiences will likely be tempted to throw a few punches themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 12, 2002
Culkin, a revelation here, mines every last nuance of the confusion and anger that results.
September 11, 2002
Poisonously funny and unstintingly furious gem.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
September 6, 2002
Darkly hilarious, unexpectedly heartbreaking.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 6, 2002
It's been a long time since the screen has produced a more charmingly muddled or more consistently interesting kid than 17-year-old Jason (Igby) Slocumb.
August 30, 2002
An original work filled with bracing wit and sharp observations about character, class and social milieu.