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  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Mean-spirited and not remotely clever, though it strives for archness at every turn. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Igby has his own prickly charisma and bleak humor; he's a character you'd like very much to embrace. But he's surrounded by insufferable fools in the airless Manhattan universe of a film that's as offputtingly precocious as its preppy hero. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Smart and novelistic and spiked with more than a bit of The Catcher in the Rye, Steers' movie is a prickly coming-of-age tale in which everybody -- but especially Culkin -- shines. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The movie is an actors' paradise, and absolutely no one disappoints. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    An inspired example of the story in which the adolescent hero discovers that the world sucks, people are phonies, and sex is a consolation. Because the genre is well established, what makes the movie fresh is smart writing, skewed characters, and the title performance by Kieran Culkin. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Across the board, the performances testify, often hilariously, to the pain these characters feel and inflict but are incapable of expressing. show more

  • 88
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    This film and Salinger's novel differ greatly in the details of narrative and character. Yet, there's no mistaking the similarity in tone and sensibility and, particularly, in the capacity to split an audience into warring camps fighting on shared ground. show more

  • 88
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    This is a marvelous film, a look at the strange, exasperatingly labyrinthine process of adolescence and the diverse ways people find to deal with it. show more

  • 75
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    Think of the Slocumbs as distant relatives of "The Royal Tenenbaums," only more dysfunctional and far from attractively "quirky." show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    More sour than sweet, but Steers knows that, even in a cruel, unsentimental world, there is room for forgiveness and hope. Just don't expect a hug. show more

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