Igby Goes Down
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The cynical son of an upper-class New York family bedeviled by booze, pills and mental illness strikes out on his own in this caustic, darkly comic drama. Igby Slocomb (Kieran Culkin) and his older brother, Oliver (Ryan Phillippe), are are in the process of killing their mother, Mimi (Susan Sarandon). Flashbacks delineate Igby's troubled childhood: Speed-freak Mimi and her depressed husband, Jason (Bill Pullman), snipe at each other endlessly until Jason attempts suicide before Igby's very eyes and takes up residence in a mental hospital. Igby grows into a rebellious youth, gets kicked… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

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"In its own floundering way, it gets to you. Just like Igby."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Holden Caulfield did it better."
‑ Daphne Gordon, Toronto Star
"so many of the characters are so soulless, making it difficult to see past their sarcastic, brash exteriors... So when all the iciness melts away, the sentimentality which replaces it seems unconvincingly pat."
‑ Anton Bitel, Daily Info
"Deep, dark and hopelessly cynical - the kind of film that kids are too young for and won't understand and parents are too old for and won't understand either."
‑ Rob Macdonald, Apollo Guide
"The nearest thing we've got to a big-screen Catcher in the Rye...with Kieran Culkin giving a very Holden Caufield-esque performance."
‑ Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia)
"The film makes a fatal mistake: It asks us to care about a young man whose only apparent virtue is that he is not quite as unpleasant as some of the people in his life."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Good actors have a radar for juicy roles -- there's a plethora of characters in this picture, and not one of them is flat."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Dark, depressing story that's for adults only."
‑ Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
"While teens are at the age of self discovery, Igby is doing his best work at self-destruction."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"An uninspiring, would-be Catcher in the Rye story."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"In all, Steers has insured that this teenage film will be recognizable to teenagers but not limited to them."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Wickedly funny, jarringly transgressive, obdurately unpigeonholeable and startlingly moving."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Consistently unusual, unpredictable and uproarious viewing."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"While J.D. Salinger and his Holden Caulfield positively own the territory of runaway upper class malcontents in New York, this funny and touching film does justice to the genre."
‑ Marcy Dermansky, About.com
"It's second-class Salinger, but even at that it's thoughtfully entertaining."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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