The Square
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Lovers Ray and Carla plan to burn down her house at Christmas, to run off with her husband's drug money. Ray has a side scheme going too, taking kickbacks on the love hotel project whose construction he's managing. The suburban Aussie marrieds live across a river from each other, the much older, domesticated Ray in a upper middle-class neighborhood, Carla on the wrong side of the water. The cheaters will lure their families to the same Christmas picnic celebration, to provide alibis while still being able to sneak off and chat about the arson. Carla's tow-truck owner hubby, Smithy,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A taut, well-executed if somewhat predictable riff on the murderous caper-that-goes-wrong theme that has anchored sexy, blood-stained crime pictures from The Postman Always Rings Twice to Before the Devil Knows You're Dead."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A perverse delight, the rare film that makes you feel good about feeling bad (or at least watching others do so)."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"This kind of crime film is not easy to make, and the Edgertons have done an admirable job with The Square."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A debut feature that replaces the Coen brothers' humor in similarly labyrinthine comedies of errors with Arthur Penn's grit and Peckinpah's tense string tuning."
‑ Justin Strout, Orlando Weekly
"The Edgertons are in complete command of their craft, without bringing anything new to the party."
‑ Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly
"A well-made and entertaining descent into a black-comic hell."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"Things go from bad to worse to downright disastrous in the enthralling Australian import The Square."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The Square gets plenty of early elements in place to promise something more special than it ultimately becomes... Even a strong first impression can't survive such a flailing resolution."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Dire, frantic, and unfailingly engaging...introduces a major filmmaking talent to the scene who understands the utter joy that comes with detailing complete psychological devastation."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Slick compared to films noir of old, the stunts too cool and characters too swishy, but swaggering with a good old-fashioned edge and raw steaming action for each and every one of its 105 minutes."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"It's as if filmmaking brothers Joel and Nash Edgerton (Joel cowrote, produced and costars, Nash directed) sat down and said, "Let's watch these suckers wreck their lives, and the lives of everyone around them.""
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The Square is a solidly constructed thriller with some missing pieces at the center but vivid splashes of color outside the lines."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
""The Square": It's Australian for noir, mate."
‑ Rob Thomas, Wisconsin State Journal
"A tough, twisty tale of murder, adultery and purloined loot that stays true to author James Ellroy's succinct summation of the primary theme of film noir: 'We're all ----ed.'"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"The movie's protagonists (and all of its supporting characters) are reprehensible people, and Roberts' performance is fascinatingly uncharismatic, extinguishing any possibility of sympathy for his character even when the film gradually reveals his town to"
‑ Sean Gandert, Paste Magazine
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