The Squid and the Whale Reviews

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February 27, 2007
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.
December 6, 2005
The Squid and the Whale is essentially about how we grow up by absorbing what is useful in our parents and forgiving what is not.
November 23, 2005
Don't look now, but Jeff Daniels' days as 'the other Jeff' may be coming to an end.
November 17, 2005
Hilarious, harrowing and heartbreaking, The Squid and the Whale is one of the best movies of the year.
November 4, 2005
It has the messiness of real life, with uncombed hair and unanswered questions.
June 4, 2019
Despite the acidic tone, The Squid and the Whale is a disarmingly funny film, one that offers a wealth of insight into the modern American family.
November 3, 2018
This is a warm, measured little ballad about the exquisitely sad whimsy of seeing the sanctity of your parent's union fall catastrophically down.
January 25, 2018
There is something intensely agreeable to me about a film of this kind. Its nervy characters, baffled by life and bruised by its disappointments; its picky dialogue; its gentle teasing, without condescension ...
December 27, 2017
Noah Baumbach's spleen is directed at the second-rate pretending that they are first-rate. This is called "punching down" and in line with America's degraded values.
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