Reviews

Jul 18, 2020
It's a medium film about parental measures. [Full review in Spanish]
May 7, 2020
The film may offer a climb up Oscar's greasy pole for Eisenberg and Daniels.
Jan 29, 2020
Beyond derivative, what The Squid and the Whale often feels like is a [Wes] Anderson film that has been filleted and its guts scooped out, leaving a hollow corpse behind.
Jul 9, 2019
Baumbach has created an unforgettable film about horrifyingly human people.
Jun 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.
Nov 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.
Jan 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 ...
Dec 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.
Feb 7, 2017
There is a lot of awkwardness, some genuine sadness, some tension-relieving humor, and just enough suggestion of potential growth to avoid either an overly dark ending or a phony feel-good one.
Jan 16, 2017
The Squid and the Whale ... achieves an emotional catharsis [that] resists falling back on saccharine cliches
Sep 1, 2009
Try as he might to cut to the frayed nerves of a scene, Baumbach lets cuteness get in the way
Apr 29, 2009
A simple but engrossing parable of a family set in half, and their children having to choose sides.
Aug 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.
Jun 21, 2007
The script is delightful, and the banter between the family members is fresh without seeming too scripted.
Aug 19, 2006
Aug 11, 2006
Un retrato honesto y revelador de la descomposición de un matrimonio, visto desde la perspectiva de los hijos adolescentes.
Aug 5, 2006
...Baumbach's most emotionally potent and visually coherent film to date.
May 12, 2006
May 4, 2006
Doesn't break much new ground in terms of parental misconduct or adolescent sexual confusion.
May 4, 2006