The Square (2017)
Critic Consensus: The Square finds writer-director Ruben Östlund as ambitious as ever -- and delivering an unforgettably unusual work whose challenging themes pay thought-provoking dividends.
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Critic Reviews for The Square
An examination of social context, elitism, cultural bubbles and more, The Square is - to put it precisely - absolutely bonkers. But purposefully bonkers.
The whole experience is rough going: sometimes numbing, sometimes horrifying, sometimes merely baffling. There's a kind of artful artlessness at work here
It's funny throughout - not to say that it inspires many laughs, but it's full of irony and absurdity and is very smart.
It's laugh-out-loud funny and occasionally just plain silly. But it asks a serious question that seems more urgent with every passing day: "How much inhumanity does it take before we access your humanity?"
For all its stylishness and sophistication, "The Square" never adds up to more than its very attractive parts.
Audience Reviews for The Square
A bit long, but an effective critique of modern art culture nonetheless.
Though it suffers from some pacing imperfections, the film is a smart and stylish commentary on modern society, art, and human nature.
Just like with Force Majeure, Östlund creates another intelligent, funny and always gripping satire centered on characters who are forced to go through embarrassing situations, questioning also what Art really means while exposing the hypocritical animals that we are.
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