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Based on 37 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Without jerking tears or reducing the acid content of his wit, Baumbach's humane movie gets under your skin. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    An entertaining and perceptive film with one big problem. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The young actors' performances are particularly haunting. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The absence of any nuance in the father's character bespeaks the filmmaker's unwillingness to trust his audience. Making the movie may have been therapeutic for him, but I can't say the same about watching it. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Insightful, funny-sad memoir of divorce, intellectual style and emotional rebirth. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A great divorce movie. It's also one of the canniest comedies ever made about a certain kind of literary pretension. show more

  • 100
    Allison Benedikt Chicago Tribune

    Steering clear of phony melodrama and indie pretense, Baumbach captures a crisis in one family's life that, though it shakes the foundation, leaves all four Berkmans drifting toward highs and lows unknown, each of them only dimly aware that, no matter what the movies tell us, we never really come of age. show more

  • 100
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    It's a rare film that can be convincingly tender, bitterly funny, and ruthlessly cutting over the course of fewer than 90 minutes. The Squid and the Whale not only manages this, it also contains moments that sock you with all three qualities at the same time. show more

  • 100
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Squid keeps you on your toes, but payoffs will have you smiling - maybe in rueful recognition of the truth - in scene after scene. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    All I know is, it is better to be the whale than the squid. Whales inspire major novels. show more

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