The Square (2017)
Critic Consensus: The Square finds writer-director Ruben Östlund as ambitious as ever -- and delivering an unforgettably unusual work whose challenging themes pay thought-provoking dividends.
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Critic Reviews for The Square
The Square is actually the sum of its parts, rather than a seamless whole. Viewers are probably going to pick differing scenes as their favourites.
A gentle critique, peopled with eccentric but likeable characters, those who have the warmth and the humanity to redeem themselves.
At times a searing social commentary, the darkly funny The Square is an indictment of the decadence of upper-middle-class inner city liberals and their cluelessness to everyone outside of their privileged bubbles.
The Square is undeniably entertaining, though its lasting use may be to demonstrate that movies can have the same effect as popping a coin in the collecting tin. Having seen the film, you can rest easy knowing you've already given.
Östlund at his best can have his cake and push it in your face.
Like Bobby McFerrin and Yo-Yo Ma's oddly off-kilter rendition of Ave Maria, which echoes throughout the drama, The Square is a strange mix of pop and profundity: archly entertaining, occasionally grating and consistently uncomfortable.
Audience Reviews for The Square
A bit long, but an effective critique of modern art culture nonetheless.
Though it suffers from some pacing imperfections, the film is a smart and stylish commentary on modern society, art, and human nature.
Just like with Force Majeure, Östlund creates another intelligent, funny and always gripping satire centered on characters who are forced to go through embarrassing situations, questioning also what Art really means while exposing the hypocritical animals that we are.
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