The Square Reviews

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March 18, 2018
Östlund at his best can have his cake and push it in your face.
March 16, 2018
... an astoundingly smart film...
March 14, 2018
In spite of its lengthy running time and the darkness of its themes, the film is frequently very funny.
March 14, 2018
Östlund is a clever, dazzling misanthrope.
March 13, 2018
Gloriously cynical and delightfully slapstick - take from it what you will.
March 7, 2018
Describing this as a film about art would be like describing Casablanca as a film about running a bar.
December 8, 2017
An examination of social context, elitism, cultural bubbles and more, The Square is - to put it precisely - absolutely bonkers. But purposefully bonkers.
November 17, 2017
The whole experience is rough going: sometimes numbing, sometimes horrifying, sometimes merely baffling. There's a kind of artful artlessness at work here
November 10, 2017
It's funny throughout - not to say that it inspires many laughs, but it's full of irony and absurdity and is very smart.
November 2, 2017
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?"
November 2, 2017
For all its stylishness and sophistication, "The Square" never adds up to more than its very attractive parts.
October 27, 2017
Swedish director Ruben Ostlund's art-world satire is frustratingly hit-and-miss. But when it hits, this slapstick tragedy will knock the wind out of you.
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, where the enlightened and well-heeled are always gliding past beggars, remains a potent satire.
October 26, 2017
[A] wickedly funny film, which is mostly about a feeling problem-the gap between what we think we feel, as kind and caring people, and the deeds we actually do.
Top Critic
October 26, 2017
The argument in favor of The Square is not that it's great fun to watch, but that it's very entertaining to ponder after viewing. It lingers, both amusingly and disturbingly.
October 26, 2017
Lands its bullseyes, over and over, with a faultless precision that grows duller with each strike.
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 26, 2017
It affirms that art, this movie very much included, can tell us things about ourselves that we'd prefer not to know.
October 26, 2017
It tries so hard to tweak the audience, it virtually breaks a sweat.
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