The Squid and the Whale Movie Information

Movie Information

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

Language: English

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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Rating of
3/4

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.

Rating of
3.5/4

Snoogans - wrote on 11/29/2011

Just as dramatic, as it is black humored. I enjoyed it.

Rating of
1.5/4

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.

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Rating of
2/4

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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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