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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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Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is "The Square", an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian's foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for "The Square". The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

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Claes Bang
as Christian
Dominic West
as Julian Gijoni
Emelie Beckius
as Businesswoman
Peter Diaz
as Gallery Guest
Kolya Hardy
as The Coach
Jan Lindwall
as Art Critic
Lilianne Mardon
as Youngest Daughter
Bo Melin
as Journalist
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Critic Reviews for The Square

All Critics (215) | Top Critics (58)

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.

March 14, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A gentle critique, peopled with eccentric but likeable characters, those who have the warmth and the humanity to redeem themselves.

July 11, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

March 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

March 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Östlund at his best can have his cake and push it in your face.

March 18, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

March 18, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Square

A bit long, but an effective critique of modern art culture nonetheless.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer


Though it suffers from some pacing imperfections, the film is a smart and stylish commentary on modern society, art, and human nature.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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