Greenberg Reviews

  • Nothing good happens during the course of the movie -- and Baumbach seems to be saying, Take it or leave it. I, for one, take it.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • The funniest and saddest movie Mr. Baumbach has made so far, and also the riskiest.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • The movie has the easy, unforced feel of the temporary timeout in life that Roger himself has embarked on. The script is full of funny, observant lines.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Greenberg won't be everyone's cup of hemlock. Yet we all know people like this -- the ones who only hear their own motors running -- and Baumbach locates and mines a rich vein of appalled comic sympathy.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The style is observational, the drama is understated, and, when the time comes, it knocks you out with the subtlest of badda-booms.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • Greenberg scintillates with intelligence, razor's-edge humor and austere empathy for its struggling lovers.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Greenberg will do a lot for Stiller's reputation and Gerwig's profile, but its awkward, messy humanity and uncomfortable honesty won't necessarily do a lot for ticket-buyers more used to lighter, warmer and breezier entertainments.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • This is tricky, ambiguous material, seemingly better fitted to a short literary novel than to a movie, and it could have gone wrong in a hundred ways, yet Baumbach handles it with great assurance.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • I never knew who Ben Stiller was born to play, but now I do.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Cinematographer Harris Savides captures the relentless, rather terrifying sunniness of LA without ignoring the smog. Baumbach's script and direction has brought out the best in everyone on-screen.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Stiller plays a monster, and when Gerwig goes for him, declaring that she sees his tender side, the development seems like a fond indulgence on the part of writer-director Noah Baumbach.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Stiller's portrayal is so acutely real, Baumbach's writing so cutting and specific, and the work of Gerwig so seemingly effortless that Greenberg makes you, if not happy to stick around, then at least agreeable to the idea.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Even among the cavalcade of finks and egoists that populate Baumbach's body of work, Greenberg is a doozy.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

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

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • It's one of my favorite Stiller performances, perhaps precisely because it is such a surprisingly nuanced turn.

    Sara Vilkomerson — New York Observer

  • 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.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

  • To really pull off Greenberg would require a lead performance from a master actor. The actor it stars is...Ben Stiller.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • The movie ends on strange note, almost as if even Baumbach couldn't stand to spend one more minute with the odious Greenberg.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • 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.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

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