Kicking and Screaming
Kicking and Screaming (1995)

A group of recent college graduates analyze themselves and their prospects for the future in this drama. Much of the story centers on Grover, a young graduate who still grieves over the loss of his girl friend, Jane. With no jobs on the… More

Directed By:
Rated: R
Running Time:
Release Date: October 6, 1995
DVD Release Date: August 22, 2006
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

First-time writer and director Noah Baumbach, 25, has a knack for acute observation and a spirited cast to animate every twisted nuance.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I like people who talk interestingly, who have read books, who appreciate verbal wit, who look dubiously at establishment assumptions.

Full review…
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

For a debut, Noah Baumbach's Kicking and Screaming is an impressive effort, but it lacks the resonance or flexibility of his The Squid and the Whale, released ten years later.

Full review…
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Baumbach ... pushes his rigorous stance to the extent that you begin to wonder why you're bothering to watch the aimless lives of these four unfold.

Full review…
Anton Bitel

Noah Baumbach's debut is a witty not-coming-of-age story set among arrested college graduates.

Full review…
Emanuel Levy

Mixing the neurotic drive of Woody Allen with the urbane wit of Stillman, this derivative debut presents yet another take on guys who simply can't let go of college--and their adolescence.

Full review…
James Berardinelli

What's on screen is just a little too familiar to be worth lauding.

Full review…
Josh Larsen

...clever, confessional narcissism.

Full review…
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Charts the aimlessness and ennui of four insufferable, maturation-adverse college grads with relaxed realism.

Full review…
More reviews for Kicking and Screaming

Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
A very opinionated by empty and aimless bore concerning recent college graduates struggling to find their place in the world, and how their lives change over… More
Jennifer Xu
I really dig the subtlety of this movie, and how the ending was so seamlessly incorporated. Although sometimes the lines didn't ring honest, I can identify… More
Graham Jones
The very underrated hilarious debut from Noah Baumkbach has perhaps the most qoutable lines of any movie I've seen and features great performances from… More
Curtis Lilly
A lot of it was obnoxious, but it had spurts of good moments. Subtle humor is used well in places. A typical 2.5 star movie; see it or don't, it's… More
Spencer S.
For what's it worth, I truly believe in Gen X comedy-dramas. Even if you didn't fully enjoy this period in history, the quirky characters and… More
Steve B.
"What I used to be able to pass off as just a bad summer, could now potentially turn into a bad life."