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The Square Reviews

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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Dan Kois
Washington Post
May 7, 2010
The Square suggests an exciting future for a pair of brothers with a dark view of pitiless fate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
May 7, 2010
The Square announces the arrival of a new talent worth watching.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 29, 2010
Some have called this neo-noir, but aside from the setting there's nothing "neo" about it; as in classic noir, the characters are slowly but surely ensnared by their own baser impulses.
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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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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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 22, 2010
The dramatic structure is familiar, but the characters don't fit neatly into the usual pigeonholes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 16, 2010
The Square is a terrific film noir with an Aussie twist.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 16, 2010
You wonder how the characters could be so inept about their dirty deeds. How did they get so badly in over their heads? It's almost Biblical in the way it metes out rough justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 15, 2010
The Square calls to mind the skin-tight dread of the Coen brothers' Blood Simple. If that movie remains the more rigorous cinematic achievement, The Square is a more richly ironic pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 9, 2010
Turns a humdrum backwater into a black hole of crime and punishment.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 9, 2010
A starless but highly effec tive Aussie noir that marks the auspicious feature debut of stuntman and music-video director Nash Edgerton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
April 8, 2010
The moral can pivot on a dime: is this a karmic noir about consequences, or a nihilistic warning that even a simple scheme can't be controlled?
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
April 8, 2010
The occasional missteps (some overly precious symbolism, the grimy DV look) rarely get in the way of the film's many winces, gasps, and breathless, cringing anticipation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
April 8, 2010
Edgerton's commitment to precise cinematic language provides a reminder that movies don't have to be reinvented to simply work like gangbusters.
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
April 8, 2010
The brothers Edgerton may not be able to summon the dangerous lust or romance of a Cain story, but they can ably supply the wry sense of fate.
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
April 7, 2010
All the genre's conventions -- femme fatale, shady goons, best-laid plans spiraling out of control -- have a proper amount of verve and flair to make the whole package feel almost fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
April 6, 2010
This Down Under noir confuses incoherent body pileups with "twists."