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The Squid and the Whale

Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic dialogue and language..

R In Theaters 10/5/2005 , 88min.
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93%
Viewer score based on 3 ratings
82%
Critic score based on 37 reviews

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Claudia Puig
USA Today
The young actors' performances are particularly haunting. Full Review
Dana Stevens
The New York Times
Both sharply comical and piercingly sad. Mr. Baumbach surveys the members of the flawed, collapsing Berkman family with sympathy but without mercy, noting their individual and collective failures and imperfections with relentless precision. Full Review
David Edelstein
Slate
The hole in the film isn't a reflection on Linney's performance. It's as if Baumbach, his hands full of oily whale blubber, didn't want to deal with an exploding sac of squid ink. And who can blame him, really? Full Review
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
This story doesn't just belong to them anymore. This richly observed, sometimes heartbreaking movie has become ours, too. Full Review
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Jeff Daniels, an actor who is often relegated to inoffensive supporting roles, surprises with the power and intensity of his performance. Full Review

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