The Squid and the Whale Synopsis
Jealousy divides an eccentric Brooklyn family.
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Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
It's a rare film that can be convincingly tender, bitterly funny, and ruthlessly cutting over the course of fewer than 90 minutes. The...
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Allison Benedikt
Steering clear of phony melodrama and indie pretense, Baumbach captures a crisis in one family's life that, though it shakes the...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
In hovering, The Squid and the Whale becomes its own realistic display of family entropy, as cautionary as it is educational.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Insightful, funny-sad memoir of divorce, intellectual style and emotional rebirth.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A great divorce movie. It's also one of the canniest comedies ever made about a certain kind of literary pretension.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
This is one cinematic novella that stays with you for quite a while.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The young actors' performances are particularly haunting.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Without jerking tears or reducing the acid content of his wit, Baumbach's humane movie gets under your skin.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
An entertaining and perceptive film with one big problem.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The absence of any nuance in the father's character bespeaks the filmmaker's unwillingness to trust his audience. Making the movie may have...
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Torn

By avckc
This movie is a snapshot of a failed marriage transitioning into separation. The characters are highly flawed, sometimes sympathetic, and other times truly pathetic and unlikeable. Some of the...

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE

By lugubriousthespian
Noah Baumbach's insightful, seeringly realistic portrait of a family in a downward spiral after an initial separation of mother and father (intensely realized by both Laura Linney and Jeff Daniels) is...

just made me feel uncomfortable

By sugargookie
i had heard great things about this movie, but when i finally watched it, i was uninspired. i suppose they were trying to tell a "coming of age" tale of these two boys in a broken home, but the story...

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Rated R | For strong sexual content, graphic dialogue and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says not for kids A family falls apart -- for adults only.
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