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The Squid and the Whale Reviews

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September 1, 2009
Try as he might to cut to the frayed nerves of a scene, Baumbach lets cuteness get in the way
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
May 4, 2006
Doesn't break much new ground in terms of parental misconduct or adolescent sexual confusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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+
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
November 4, 2005
Hooked me, but at a scant 75 minutes, didn't reel me in.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 8, 2005
t's not what you'd call enterainment, although it has some really good performances and is morally instructive.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
October 7, 2005
Linney and Daniels are extraordinary in conveying parental selfishness, and Baumbach's writing style (he hangs with Wes Anderson and cowrote Life Aquatic) never allows for clear-cut emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 24, 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 ...
January 16, 2017
The Squid and the Whale ... achieves an emotional catharsis [that] resists falling back on saccharine cliches
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
October 7, 2005
Underrated in films like this, Imaginary Heroes and The Hours, Daniels seamlessly transitions from powerful to pathetic.
November 4, 2005
A brutal study in distracted parenting.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 14, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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