The Squid and the Whale Reviews

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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.
February 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.
January 16, 2017
The Squid and the Whale ... achieves an emotional catharsis [that] resists falling back on saccharine cliches
November 24, 2016
Eleven years and several acclaimed films later, Noah Baumbach's breakthrough still looks like his sharpest, most personally inflected work.
September 1, 2009
Try as he might to cut to the frayed nerves of a scene, Baumbach lets cuteness get in the way
April 29, 2009
A simple but engrossing parable of a family set in half, and their children having to choose sides.
July 10, 2008
Well-acted film about a family coming apart. Adults only.
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.
June 21, 2007
The script is delightful, and the banter between the family members is fresh without seeming too scripted.
August 19, 2006
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