The Square

2010

The Square

Critics Consensus

The Square may not quite live up to the modern noir classics that inspired it, but with twists and tension to spare, it comes admirably close.

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Lovers Ray and Carla plan to burn down her house at Christmas, to run off with her husband's drug money. Ray has a side scheme going too, taking kickbacks on the love hotel project whose construction he's managing. The suburban Aussie marrieds live across a river from each other, the much older, domesticated Ray in a upper middle-class neighborhood, Carla on the wrong side of the water. The cheaters will lure their families to the same Christmas picnic celebration, to provide alibis while still being able to sneak off and chat about the arson. Carla's tow-truck owner hubby, Smithy, is a fearsome tough to cross, so will the philanderers' holiday gifts come through, or explode in their lying faces?

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Critic Reviews for The Square

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (73) | Rotten (12)

  • A taut, well-executed if somewhat predictable riff on the murderous caper-that-goes-wrong theme that has anchored sexy, blood-stained crime pictures from The Postman Always Rings Twice to Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.

    July 15, 2010 | Rating: 3/4
  • A well-made and entertaining descent into a black-comic hell.

    July 6, 2010
  • It's as if filmmaking brothers Joel and Nash Edgerton (Joel cowrote, produced and costars, Nash directed) sat down and said, "Let's watch these suckers wreck their lives, and the lives of everyone around them."

    July 6, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A perverse delight, the rare film that makes you feel good about feeling bad (or at least watching others do so).

    June 22, 2010 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Things go from bad to worse to downright disastrous in the enthralling Australian import The Square.

    May 14, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

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  • The Square is a solidly constructed thriller with some missing pieces at the center but vivid splashes of color outside the lines.

    May 13, 2010 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for The Square

  • Apr 07, 2017
    The direction is not flawless, with the camera constantly going out of focus, but this essential film remains an inspiring testament to the power of protests and the voice of the people, especially in times when rebellions ought to come up everywhere against abusive regimes.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2012
    the film tries to be a noir film but ultimately fails with the notion. dark and full of twists that you see coming but its good to see australian film take some chances. well acted and intriguing
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2012
    Not everyone can make a cohesive film, so developing a conditioned film is a feat. But there comes a point where films are being made simply for the sake of making films, serving no higher purpose. To me, The Square is such a film.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2012
    Really good movie, but one that thinks that it's better than it actually is. Not that I have a problem with that, since the movie is at least good. If it was bad, it would be completely different. It also takes forever to get to the point and the movie isn't really that long, it tries to create a lot of threads while not sticking to one in particular. That was a problem, in my opinion. But don't let that dissuade you from watching as it's a very smartly written neo noir movie with good suspense.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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