The Squid and the Whale
The Squid and the Whale (2005)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 14, 2006
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This is a piercingly honest, acidly witty look at divorce and its impact on a family.

Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

A wry exercise in acute observation and emotional distancing, Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale represents what's best in autobiographical filmmaking.

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hilarious, harrowing and heartbreaking, The Squid and the Whale is one of the best movies of the year.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Try as he might to cut to the frayed nerves of a scene, Baumbach lets cuteness get in the way

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

It has the messiness of real life, with uncombed hair and unanswered questions.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A simple but engrossing parable of a family set in half, and their children having to choose sides.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

Don't look now, but Jeff Daniels' days as 'the other Jeff' may be coming to an end.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A brutal study in distracted parenting.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Pleasant, engaging drama that boasts some stunning performances, I really enjoyed the Squid and the Whale, which is a surprisingly charming picture that mixes… More
Daniel Perry
Overall, I liked Noah Baumbach's more-or-less autobiographical divorce story - even though virtually no characters are likeable, and most of them get no… More
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Spencer S.
Baumbach directs these lovingly eccentric and observational comedies that deepen into the human condition. His films, including "Kicking and… More
Red Lats
I haven't been through a divorce, so this is all a little obscure to me, but this movie is believable. Although everyone struggles with the new… More
Alice Shen
Calmly complex, inappropriately funny, delightfully pretentious, Jesse...ly Eisenberg...ian. This film captures small, disturbing moments with an objective… More

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