The Square Reviews

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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 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).
May 14, 2010
Things go from bad to worse to downright disastrous in the enthralling Australian import The Square.
May 13, 2010
The Square is a solidly constructed thriller with some missing pieces at the center but vivid splashes of color outside the lines.
May 7, 2010
The Square suggests an exciting future for a pair of brothers with a dark view of pitiless fate.
May 7, 2010
The Square announces the arrival of a new talent worth watching.
April 30, 2010
The Square is a morality noir in which there's very little onscreen morality.
April 29, 2010
Some have called this neo-noir, but aside from the setting there's nothing "neo" about it; as in classic noir, the characters are slowly but surely ensnared by their own baser impulses.
April 29, 2010
The string-along, bad-to-worse nature of The Square affords a distinct, if sour, sort of satisfaction. Yet its construction is a thing of considerable soundness.
April 29, 2010
The Square moves with implacable logic toward catastrophe, as its desperate heroes try to squirm out of a tightening noose.
April 22, 2010
There's a bit of everything in The Square, so much so that after a while it starts to feel generic.
April 16, 2010
The Square is a terrific film noir with an Aussie twist.
April 16, 2010
There isn't a character in The Square you can care about, beyond pity for their foolishness and exasperation with their greed.
April 16, 2010
You wonder how the characters could be so inept about their dirty deeds. How did they get so badly in over their heads? It's almost Biblical in the way it metes out rough justice.
April 15, 2010
The Square calls to mind the skin-tight dread of the Coen brothers' Blood Simple. If that movie remains the more rigorous cinematic achievement, The Square is a more richly ironic pleasure.
Top Critic
April 14, 2010
The Edgertons are a clever pair, all right, even if The Square seems repetitive and sometimes a bit hackneyed.
April 9, 2010
Turns a humdrum backwater into a black hole of crime and punishment.
April 9, 2010
A starless but highly effec tive Aussie noir that marks the auspicious feature debut of stuntman and music-video director Nash Edgerton.
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