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The Squid and the Whale Reviews

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January 16, 2017
The Squid and the Whale ... achieves an emotional catharsis [that] resists falling back on saccharine cliches
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
September 1, 2009
Try as he might to cut to the frayed nerves of a scene, Baumbach lets cuteness get in the way
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A simple but engrossing parable of a family set in half, and their children having to choose sides.
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
August 6, 2007
Like the diorama in New York's Museum of Natural History from which the film's title is derived, The Squid And The Whale depicts deep-seated conflict in a manner that is at once exquisitely lifelike and mesmerisingly awful to look at.
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
The script is delightful, and the banter between the family members is fresh without seeming too scripted.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
August 11, 2006
Un retrato honesto y revelador de la descomposición de un matrimonio, visto desde la perspectiva de los hijos adolescentes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
August 5, 2006
...Baumbach's most emotionally potent and visually coherent film to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Matt Pais
May 4, 2006
Doesn't break much new ground in terms of parental misconduct or adolescent sexual confusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matthew Turner
April 6, 2006
Beautifully written, moving and frequently hilarious drama with terrific performances and superb, Oscar-nominated dialogue - this is one of the best films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
April 2, 2006
It's brittle, yet tender. Familiar, yet fresh. Intelligent with shooting pains of unpredictability, the film offers no simple answers to unanswerable questions. Instead it leave us with a heartfelt portrayal that involves and touches us.
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
February 3, 2006
Relentless in its condemnation of childish parenting and irresponsibility, Noah Baumbach's uncomfortable The Squid and the Whale ranks as one of 2005's best films by pulling no punches whatsoever.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 2, 2006
An insightful, unblinking, bittersweet and funny portrait of a family in the process of a bitter divorce.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
January 5, 2006
As smart and strongly acted as the movie is, you're still left with the feeling that it's ultimately a rather thin slice of personal history that would have been better left as a short story or a lifetime of therapy sessions.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 5, 2006
A wry exercise in acute observation and emotional distancing, Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale represents what's best in autobiographical filmmaking.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
December 29, 2005
... this movie makes you want to hit these stupid parents on the head with a mallet until they come to their senses and realize their poison is contaminating their children.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 28, 2005
[Squid] joins The Ice Storm and The Royal Tennebaums ... as one of the strongest recent films about the far-reaching consequences of adultery and divorce.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
December 23, 2005
A biting comedy emerges from the truths in the characters' confused actions, brought brilliantly to life by each of the actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
December 22, 2005
A deeply personal and unsparing film, The Squid and the Whale finds humor in the heartache and harpoons the notion that divorce has no casualties.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 17, 2005
Perceptive and graced with a dozen or so small moments of truth ... a highly personal movie that will so thoroughly connect with some members of its audience that they might well be transformed by it.
Read More | Original Score: B
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 14, 2005
In the end, Baumbach's rich film is about coming to terms with reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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