100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Gets weirder and meaner and darker and sadder as it progresses, which is amazing since it simultaneously remains funny and horrifying right up to the end.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The movie is an actors' paradise, and absolutely no one disappoints.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
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.
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88

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
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.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Across the board, the performances testify, often hilariously, to the pain these characters feel and inflict but are incapable of expressing.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
Think of the Slocumbs as distant relatives of "The Royal Tenenbaums," only more dysfunctional and far from attractively "quirky."
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Mean-spirited and not remotely clever, though it strives for archness at every turn.
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72 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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