The Square

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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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Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is "The Square", an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian's foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for "The Square". The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

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Critic Reviews for The Square

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  • Describing this as a film about art would be like describing Casablanca as a film about running a bar.

    Mar 7, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • An examination of social context, elitism, cultural bubbles and more, The Square is - to put it precisely - absolutely bonkers. But purposefully bonkers.

    Dec 8, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • The whole experience is rough going: sometimes numbing, sometimes horrifying, sometimes merely baffling. There's a kind of artful artlessness at work here

    Nov 17, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's funny throughout - not to say that it inspires many laughs, but it's full of irony and absurdity and is very smart.

    Nov 9, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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?"

    Nov 2, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • For all its stylishness and sophistication, "The Square" never adds up to more than its very attractive parts.

    Nov 2, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Square

A bit long, but an effective critique of modern art culture nonetheless.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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Though it suffers from some pacing imperfections, the film is a smart and stylish commentary on modern society, art, and human nature.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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