The Square Reviews

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September 12, 2017
The atmosphere becomes so charged that, even the insidious way a man makes an appointment to get his hair cut seems fraught with innuendo and peril.
January 30, 2013
a Sisyphusian tale about idealists devoting their lives to bringing about change.
September 3, 2010
This kind of crime film is not easy to make, and the Edgertons have done an admirable job with The Square.
August 26, 2010
"The Square": It's Australian for noir, mate.
July 16, 2010
A debut feature that replaces the Coen brothers' humor in similarly labyrinthine comedies of errors with Arthur Penn's grit and Peckinpah's tense string tuning.
July 15, 2010
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 14, 2010
Dire, frantic, and unfailingly engaging...introduces a major filmmaking talent to the scene who understands the utter joy that comes with detailing complete psychological devastation.
July 6, 2010
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."
June 22, 2010
A perverse delight, the rare film that makes you feel good about feeling bad (or at least watching others do so).
June 11, 2010
A tough, twisty tale of murder, adultery and purloined loot that stays true to author James Ellroy's succinct summation of the primary theme of film noir: 'We're all ----ed.'
May 27, 2010
Slick compared to films noir of old, the stunts too cool and characters too swishy, but swaggering with a good old-fashioned edge and raw steaming action for each and every one of its 105 minutes.
May 26, 2010
In terms of a modern crime thriller, you're not going to do any better than this debut film.
May 21, 2010
The Square recalls one of cinema's all-time classic lines, that moment in 1981's Body Heat when Kathleen Turner's femme fatale Matty Walker studies William Hurt's gullible Ned Racine and declares, "You're not too smart, are you? I like that in a man."
May 21, 2010
What's to be admired is how fearlessly Edgerton embraces the dirt and grime oozing out of "The Square," manufacturing the guilt that's produced when information is withheld, when lies are tossed around, and when the best laid plans go awry.
May 20, 2010
A fiendishly gripping thriller.
May 20, 2010
The whole thing unfolds with sadistic precision, but Edgerton's expert manipulation makes it a fun ride nonetheless.
May 20, 2010
The low-budget Australian thriller actually gets crazier and more off-beat as it goes. It's worth it just to watch things spiral so far out of control.
May 17, 2010
...delivers both a gallows wit and biblical sense of justice, punishing the lovers at every turn, which actually works against the piece.
May 15, 2010
The Square grinds on you. Hard.
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