The Squid and the Whale Reviews

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October 18, 2005
It's a small miracle.
October 17, 2005
That Jeff Daniels character in particular is such a perfect crystallization of a certain kind of intellectual who is so pleased with himself and so incapable of being a decent human being.
October 13, 2005
An incisive and intimate tale of a Brooklyn family falling apart as told by the two sons.
October 13, 2005
Acutely observed, faultlessly acted, graced with piercing emotion and unsparing honesty, it will make you laugh because you can't bear to cry.
October 13, 2005
Works very well as a grown-up family entertainment unafraid of all the indelicate details of pubescent indiscretions among children entangled in a supposedly 'friendly' divorce.
October 13, 2005
in The Squid and the Whale, Noah Baumbach weds his verbal gifts to a fresh visual acuity that brings layers of rich detail to a portrait of a family coping, poorly, with self-inflicted change.
October 7, 2005
A film this fully realized, with such a personal and sharply focused eye for the telling details of human behavior -- unsparing but not unforgiving -- is a rarity to be prized.
October 7, 2005
Without jerking tears or reducing the acid content of his wit, Baumbach's humane movie gets under your skin.
October 7, 2005
A startling new drama.
October 7, 2005
Has so much going for it -- including intelligent performances that mesh beautifully, and a keen understanding of how seemingly small moments can rattle the foundations of families -- that you walk away from it feeling it should add up to more.
October 6, 2005
Baumbach captures the ways in which children takes sides in a war they can't even begin to comprehend.
October 6, 2005
Photographed in a rough-hewn, French New Wave style befitting its alienated characters, The Squid and the Whale significantly fulfills the promise of Baumbach's 1995 debut feature Kicking and Screaming.
October 5, 2005
Baumbach lets no one off the hook, least of all himself.
October 5, 2005
You can look at The Squid and the Whale as the truest kind of artistic coming-of-age story: a cathartic piece of self-criticism.
October 5, 2005
The Squid and the Whale gazes inward, like a diary, and with its washed-out look it's bitterly sober.
October 5, 2005
[A] wrenchingly funny, agonizingly astute movie.
October 5, 2005
Mining his own chidlhood, Noah Baumbach has put together an unsparing, funny portrait of a family in crisis and a young man trying to figure out his parents and himself.
September 27, 2005
Tender, cruel, and very funny, Baumbach's fourth feature turns family history into a sort of urban myth.
September 24, 2005
Both literarily wise and literary in itself, The Squid and the Whale is a fresh rendering of the agony of divorce.
September 13, 2005
Makes up in strong performances and wry observation what it sometimes lacks in narrative drive.
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