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The Square Reviews

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Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
May 21, 2010
Rather than intrigue, the pile-up of confounding issues in The Square merely bores, hindered by pacing that is uniformly slow rather than suspenseful. A better title: The Blob.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 23, 2010
Let's just say it's a sour, poorly scripted mess of a thriller and leave it at that.
| Original Score: 1/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
May 22, 2010
While the performances are good, it felt like I had already seen this movie before. Also, if you are looking to root for anyone, you're going to have to look elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
May 26, 2010
The movie's protagonists (and all of its supporting characters) are reprehensible people, and Roberts' performance is fascinatingly uncharismatic, extinguishing any possibility of sympathy for his character even when the film gradually reveals his town to
Full Review | Original Score: 42/100
Michelle Orange
April 10, 2010
The Square's devil is in its burden of details.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 30, 2010
The Square gets plenty of early elements in place to promise something more special than it ultimately becomes... Even a strong first impression can't survive such a flailing resolution.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
April 9, 2010
The angles don't quite meet in the key relationship between Ray and Carla. We're not sure what's between them -- love, lust, both or neither. That may be the filmmaker's intent, but it lowers the stakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
June 2, 2010
The Edgertons are in complete command of their craft, without bringing anything new to the party.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
April 6, 2010
This Down Under noir confuses incoherent body pileups with "twists."
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 14, 2010
The Edgertons are a clever pair, all right, even if The Square seems repetitive and sometimes a bit hackneyed.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 16, 2010
There isn't a character in The Square you can care about, beyond pity for their foolishness and exasperation with their greed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 22, 2010
There's a bit of everything in The Square, so much so that after a while it starts to feel generic.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 16, 2009
A remarkable piece of thriller craftsmanship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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
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-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 29, 2010
The Square moves with implacable logic toward catastrophe, as its desperate heroes try to squirm out of a tightening noose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 30, 2010
The Square is a morality noir in which there's very little onscreen morality.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
May 6, 2010
When the first 10 minutes of film introduce us to an illicit affair, a kickback scheme, and a hidden bag filled with money, we know we're in for a twisty thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 29, 2010
The string-along, bad-to-worse nature of The Square affords a distinct, if sour, sort of satisfaction. Yet its construction is a thing of considerable soundness.
| Original Score: 3/4
William Goss
December 17, 2009
Director Nash Edgerton and writers Joel Edgerton and Matthew Dabner pull the strings with tremendously adept precision and a marvelous mean streak.
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