The Squid and the Whale - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Squid and the Whale Reviews

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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
Mark R. Leeper
November 11, 2005
Not much subtlety here. While the film is billed as a comedy and a drama, this story of a childish father spoiling the lives of his family is not a laughing matter.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
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
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 4, 2005
The Squid and the Whale has a rock solid script with great dialogue and full-bodied characters. Better still, the film has a cast that is top-notch across the board.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Lexi Feinberg
September 8, 2005
A mixed bag of mediocrity, amounting to nothing more than a composite of superior elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 4, 2005
Hooked me, but at a scant 75 minutes, didn't reel me in.
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
October 25, 2005
You get the sense (Baumbach) is trying to work out something personal here ... but it's hard to do that using someone else's language.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 7, 2005
A fundamentally unrewarding story.
| Original Score: 2/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
October 8, 2005
t's not what you'd call enterainment, although it has some really good performances and is morally instructive.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 2, 2005
The performances are uniformly excellent, capturing the raw emotions of people who feel their lives are spiraling out of control.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
October 7, 2005
Underrated in films like this, Imaginary Heroes and The Hours, Daniels seamlessly transitions from powerful to pathetic.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 4, 2005
A brutal study in distracted parenting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
December 14, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
October 25, 2005
The foundation of any good family drama is interesting characters, and The Squid and the Whale is replete with them
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 13, 2005
The acid exchanges and inconvenient longings of a dissolving marriage, the exquisite agony of those first flutterings of love and those first earthquakes of lust.
| Original Score: B+
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 4, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 1, 2005
Baumbach still feels such word-inflicted wounds and draws on them to create some wrenching drama, speckled with touches of caustic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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