The Squid and the Whale
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Bernard Berkman, the patriarch of an eccentric Brooklyn family, claims to have been a famous novelist but is now reduced to teaching. His wife Joan discovers a literary talent of her own, and it breaks up the family, leaving the two teenage sons, Walt, 16, and Frank, 12, divided between their parents. The wife starts an affair with her younger son's tennis coach, while the husband starts sleeping with a student whom his elder son is courting.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A wry exercise in acute observation and emotional distancing, Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale represents what's best in autobiographical filmmaking."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Hilarious, harrowing and heartbreaking, The Squid and the Whale is one of the best movies of the year."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Try as he might to cut to the frayed nerves of a scene, Baumbach lets cuteness get in the way"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The script is delightful, and the banter between the family members is fresh without seeming too scripted."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Doesn't break much new ground in terms of parental misconduct or adolescent sexual confusion."
‑ Matt Pais,
"The Squid and the Whale is essentially about how we grow up by absorbing what is useful in our parents and forgiving what is not."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It has the messiness of real life, with uncombed hair and unanswered questions."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A simple but engrossing parable of a family set in half, and their children having to choose sides."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Un retrato honesto y revelador de la descomposición de un matrimonio, visto desde la perspectiva de los hijos adolescentes."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"Beautifully written, moving and frequently hilarious drama with terrific performances and superb, Oscar-nominated dialogue - this is one of the best films of the year."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Don't look now, but Jeff Daniels' days as 'the other Jeff' may be coming to an end."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"A brutal study in distracted parenting."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Like the diorama in New York's Museum of Natural History from which the film's title is derived, The Squid And The Whale depicts deep-seated conflict in a manner that is at once exquisitely lifelike and mesmerisingly awful to look at."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"...Baumbach's most emotionally potent and visually coherent film to date."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
"It's brittle, yet tender. Familiar, yet fresh. Intelligent with shooting pains of unpredictability, the film offers no simple answers to unanswerable questions. Instead it leave us with a heartfelt portrayal that involves and touches us."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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