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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Rated R | For language, sexuality and drug content
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Common Sense Media says not for kids Dark, depressing story that's for adults only.
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