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The Square Reviews

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April 16, 2010
The Square is a terrific film noir with an Aussie twist.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 16, 2010
It will be interesting -- and exciting -- to see what the Edgerton brothers come up with next.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 16, 2010
It's a finely calibrated, spiraling lesson in what not to do when engaging in adultery, blackmail, arson, and general antisocial behaviors, and in its best moments it recalls the everyday darkness of James M. Cain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 16, 2010
You wonder how the characters could be so inept about their dirty deeds. How did they get so badly in over their heads? It's almost Biblical in the way it metes out rough justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 15, 2010
The Square calls to mind the skin-tight dread of the Coen brothers' Blood Simple. If that movie remains the more rigorous cinematic achievement, The Square is a more richly ironic pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 14, 2010
Edgerton, a stuntman by trade, doesn't offer much that's new, but the script by his brother, Joel, keeps folding back in on itself, and if character credibility lags, at least the tension stays high.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 10, 2010
told elegantly, intelligently, and with the violent moral code of an angry Old Testament deity for whom right and wrong are absolutes to be toyed with at one's peril
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 9, 2010
...the final act of "The Square" is a 1-2-3 knockout punch that few will see coming due to the impeccably tight writing combined with stunning sleight of hand.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 9, 2010
Turns a humdrum backwater into a black hole of crime and punishment.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 9, 2010
A starless but highly effec tive Aussie noir that marks the auspicious feature debut of stuntman and music-video director Nash Edgerton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 8, 2010
The moral can pivot on a dime: is this a karmic noir about consequences, or a nihilistic warning that even a simple scheme can't be controlled?
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 8, 2010
The occasional missteps (some overly precious symbolism, the grimy DV look) rarely get in the way of the film's many winces, gasps, and breathless, cringing anticipation.
Read More | Original Score: B+
April 8, 2010
Edgerton's commitment to precise cinematic language provides a reminder that movies don't have to be reinvented to simply work like gangbusters.
April 8, 2010
Edgerton, a former stuntman, has genuine filmmaking chops. He can build tension up to almost comical levels, but he also has an eye for more offbeat moments.
April 8, 2010
The brothers Edgerton may not be able to summon the dangerous lust or romance of a Cain story, but they can ably supply the wry sense of fate.
April 8, 2010
Tough and entertaining, a film that coils itself around you like a constrictor and squeezes. You won't want it to let you go.
April 7, 2010
The Square evokes tangential memories of the classic board game Candyland's Molasses Swamp, because every step of attempted extrication its protagonist takes only seems to plunge him further into trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 7, 2010
All the genre's conventions -- femme fatale, shady goons, best-laid plans spiraling out of control -- have a proper amount of verve and flair to make the whole package feel almost fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 6, 2010
It is a crackerjack thriller and a sensational calling card for the brothers Edgerton.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 5, 2010
The Square has a toughness, gallows wit, and sense of impending tragedy amplified by its grainy, gliding aesthetics and an agitated performance by David Roberts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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