Greenberg (2010)

A New Yorker moves to Los Angeles in order to figure out his life while he housesits for his brother, and he soon sparks with his brother's assistant.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: March 26, 2010
DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Greenberg's title character is harder to like than most, but Ben Stiller's nuanced performance and a darkly funny script help take the misanthropic edge off.

Todd McCarthy

As a study of stasis and of people conscious of not living the lives they had imagined for themselves, the picture offers a bracing undertow of seriousness beneath the deceptively casual, dramatically offhand surface.

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Stiller is expert at playing self-indulgent types unaware of their boorishness, and Greenberg is no exception.

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Scott Foundas
Film Comment Magazine

His sharpest observations are reserved for preternaturally intelligent, hyper-self-conscious outsiders whose existential crises are the failure of the world-and, to some extent, themselves-to live up to their own high expectations.

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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

A film of powerful, memorable moments -- some striking dialogue, some great performances, a handful of beautifully played, bracingly discomfiting love scenes -- in search of a structure and, perhaps, a soul.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

What saves it, however, is Gerwig. The love story ain't credible, but her performance is, perfectly capturing a young woman who doesn't lack confidence so much as a sense of self.

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

Stiller succeeds in a dramatic role but the script underwhelms with a meandering story and an unlikable lead character.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

Noah Baumbach again investigates psychologically screwed-up people, although this time with much less comedic impact.

Tom Long
Detroit News

In many ways this is Baumbach's best film, filled with his bitter but often funny misanthropic perspective, but buoyed by the undeniable likability of Stiller and Gerwig.

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Ben Kendrick

Not the feel-good film of the year, but Greenberg is a powerful account of how a few lost souls can find meaning and direction in life.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
Perhaps it is an honest film, but not much fun to watch.
Sam Barnett
The movie Greenberg and the titular character are a lot alike. They have a lot to say, they are brutally honest, and many, many people won't like them. But… More
Spencer S.
Baumbach has cemented himself stylistically with the likes of Wes Anderson because his films have their own cache of interesting and definitely flawed… More
Matthew Slaven
A sweet story about a difficult, guilt-stricken person finding himself grounded and motivated by both affectionate love and loneliness - a similar concept/feel… More
Melvin White
Florence Marr: Hurt people hurt people. "He's got a lot on his mind." Greenberg is a movie made in a style that a really enjoy. No real… More
Kyle Fowler
Certainly a movie that is interesting and unique in itself. Just like The Social Network, Greenberg proves that movies about mean, unlikable people, though… More