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The Square Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 3, 2010
This kind of crime film is not easy to make, and the Edgertons have done an admirable job with The Square.
Rob Thomas
Wisconsin State Journal
August 26, 2010
"The Square": It's Australian for noir, mate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
July 16, 2010
A debut feature that replaces the Coen brothers' humor in similarly labyrinthine comedies of errors with Arthur Penn's grit and Peckinpah's tense string tuning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 15, 2010
A taut, well-executed if somewhat predictable riff on the murderous caper-that-goes-wrong theme that has anchored sexy, blood-stained crime pictures from The Postman Always Rings Twice to Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.
| Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
July 14, 2010
Dire, frantic, and unfailingly engaging...introduces a major filmmaking talent to the scene who understands the utter joy that comes with detailing complete psychological devastation.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2010
A well-made and entertaining descent into a black-comic hell.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 6, 2010
It's as if filmmaking brothers Joel and Nash Edgerton (Joel cowrote, produced and costars, Nash directed) sat down and said, "Let's watch these suckers wreck their lives, and the lives of everyone around them."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 22, 2010
A perverse delight, the rare film that makes you feel good about feeling bad (or at least watching others do so).
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 11, 2010
A tough, twisty tale of murder, adultery and purloined loot that stays true to author James Ellroy's succinct summation of the primary theme of film noir: 'We're all ----ed.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
May 27, 2010
Slick compared to films noir of old, the stunts too cool and characters too swishy, but swaggering with a good old-fashioned edge and raw steaming action for each and every one of its 105 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 26, 2010
In terms of a modern crime thriller, you're not going to do any better than this debut film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 21, 2010
The Square recalls one of cinema's all-time classic lines, that moment in 1981's Body Heat when Kathleen Turner's femme fatale Matty Walker studies William Hurt's gullible Ned Racine and declares, "You're not too smart, are you? I like that in a man."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean O'Connell
Hollywood News
May 21, 2010
What's to be admired is how fearlessly Edgerton embraces the dirt and grime oozing out of "The Square," manufacturing the guilt that's produced when information is withheld, when lies are tossed around, and when the best laid plans go awry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
May 20, 2010
A fiendishly gripping thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Marc Mohan
May 20, 2010
The whole thing unfolds with sadistic precision, but Edgerton's expert manipulation makes it a fun ride nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 20, 2010
The low-budget Australian thriller actually gets crazier and more off-beat as it goes. It's worth it just to watch things spiral so far out of control.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
May 17, 2010
...delivers both a gallows wit and biblical sense of justice, punishing the lovers at every turn, which actually works against the piece.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
May 15, 2010
The Square grinds on you. Hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 14, 2010
Things go from bad to worse to downright disastrous in the enthralling Australian import The Square.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 13, 2010
The Square is a solidly constructed thriller with some missing pieces at the center but vivid splashes of color outside the lines.
| Original Score: 3/4
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