Overall Rank: 1565
Average Rating: 2.9/4
# of Ratings: 111
Theatrical Release Date: 10/05/2005
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 11/22/2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Noah Baumbach
Actors: Owen Kline, Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, William Baldwin, Anna Paquin, Jesse Eisenberg
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mitchellyoung - wrote on 07/16/2012
Drawing a cue from his frequent collaborator, Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach directs a film full of dark comedy and quiet revelation about a severely fractured family. The film's best moments are its most human ones, rooted in basic emotion. When the film gets too obsessed with being odd or indie, it falls apart.
Snoogans - wrote on 11/29/2011
Just as dramatic, as it is black humored. I enjoyed it.
donkeyknight - wrote on 05/02/2011
"How to screw up your kids." I thought the writing was smart and generated several talking points, but the characters' actions and words can be so pungent it ultimately distracts from the themes of the movie.
Full Movie Reviews
Yojimbo - wrote on 03/31/2012
The Squid And the Whale is a typical "indie" movie. It has a script that is based upon an interesting idea (the effect of divorce between two middle class intellectuals upon their children), some well written characters and a smattering of funny lines and odd situations. But that's it. It doesn't GO anywhere. There is no attempt at a narrative plot and it basically just leaves you hanging there, trying to make sense of it and to me, that's just as lazy as throwing in a gratuitous love interest or a pointless car chase. Jeff Daniels is as great as always, playing a domineering self obsessed asshole in a way that lesser actors wouldn't touch for fear of tainting their "image". The rest of the cast are also very good and it definitely has moments, but a collection of moments does not …
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