The Square Reviews

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February 12, 2020
The Square has been called a satire, likely because we haven't developed a popular term for a film that, though drawn in exaggerated lines, at its foundation is hopeless and doesn't mean to teach us anything with its hopelessness.
August 7, 2019
It can be noted that it wants to offer a more global approach, but this is not the feeling that end up being transmitted, and it is a shame. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 30, 2018
The film runs the risk of becoming an exercise in the very thing it deigns to mock - bourgeois, middlebrow values.
October 10, 2018
Östlund asking [his social questions] seeks inciting a reaction and yet my experience watching The Square was one of indifference instead.
August 20, 2018
The Square is often humorless and just as arrogant as its lead character. Relevant themes such as economic inequality, media sensationalism and institutional rot are pummeling and obvious.
March 16, 2018
The Square is a fiercely witty comedy that requires and rewards patience from us...but there is also something blunt and ill-conceived about The Square's central thrust....the film is principally a social critique, but it's heavy-handed, even moralistic.
March 14, 2018
Ultimately, the philosophy at play is just too shallow and simplistic. Best viewed under the categories 'addictive sensationalism' or 'sophisticated, accelerated soap.'
February 19, 2018
A seriously oddball piece of work...
January 8, 2018
Presenting itself as a balanced satire of everyone, Östlund's "I hate all people equally" take is never satisfying.
November 13, 2017
It works well as a cocktail of light reflections on the hypocrisy of society, but it does not probe rigorously into anything. [Full review in Spanish]
November 10, 2017
Given the relationship of the installation to the film and the film to the installation, it's impossible for one work not to overcloud one's view of the other.
November 10, 2017
Clearly, Östlund is reaching for more than a straightforward character/morality study with The Square, but in the process of looking for more, the movie loses its way.
November 6, 2017
To be clear, the film is definitely more good than bad, but [Ruben] Östlund has set a high bar for himself, and this could have been a lot more by being a lot less.
November 2, 2017
Between the long running time, a few loose ends, and a random bonobo in Moss's apartment, The Square doesn't deliver the kind of concentrated thinking person's entertainment as Östlund's previous film.
November 2, 2017
152 minutes is an awful lot of this.
November 2, 2017
For all its stylishness and sophistication, "The Square" never adds up to more than its very attractive parts.
October 27, 2017
The good parts of The Square - and there are quite a few of them - can't overcome the weaknesses, making this a decidedly mixed bag.
October 26, 2017
"The Square" is ultimately a long version of Christian's rambling apology, ostentatiously smart, maybe too much so for its own good, but ultimately complacent, craven and clueless.
October 25, 2017
Ruben Östlund's latest film skewers artists and their patrons, immigrants and natives, and even the homeless. But it exemplifies the kind of middle-class, middle-brow, liberal intellectualism it's supposed to be mocking.
October 23, 2017
We have the skeleton of a great film smothered in too many layers of fat and gristle.
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