The Square Reviews

  • Turns a humdrum backwater into a black hole of crime and punishment.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • The Square suggests an exciting future for a pair of brothers with a dark view of pitiless fate.

    Dan Kois — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • This Down Under noir confuses incoherent body pileups with "twists."

    Melissa Anderson — Village Voice

  • The Square announces the arrival of a new talent worth watching.

    Cary Darling — Dallas Morning News

  • The Square is a morality noir in which there's very little onscreen morality.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • The Square moves with implacable logic toward catastrophe, as its desperate heroes try to squirm out of a tightening noose.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The string-along, bad-to-worse nature of The Square affords a distinct, if sour, sort of satisfaction. Yet its construction is a thing of considerable soundness.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Some have called this neo-noir, but aside from the setting there's nothing "neo" about it; as in classic noir, the characters are slowly but surely ensnared by their own baser impulses.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • It's as if filmmaking brothers Joel and Nash Edgerton (Joel cowrote, produced and costars, Nash directed) sat down and said, "Let's watch these suckers wreck their lives, and the lives of everyone around them."

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The dramatic structure is familiar, but the characters don't fit neatly into the usual pigeonholes.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Things go from bad to worse to downright disastrous in the enthralling Australian import The Square.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • A perverse delight, the rare film that makes you feel good about feeling bad (or at least watching others do so).

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • The Edgertons are a clever pair, all right, even if The Square seems repetitive and sometimes a bit hackneyed.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • A starless but highly effec tive Aussie noir that marks the auspicious feature debut of stuntman and music-video director Nash Edgerton.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • A taut, well-executed if somewhat predictable riff on the murderous caper-that-goes-wrong theme that has anchored sexy, blood-stained crime pictures from The Postman Always Rings Twice to Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • 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.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • Edgerton's commitment to precise cinematic language provides a reminder that movies don't have to be reinvented to simply work like gangbusters.

    Eric Kohn — indieWIRE

  • There isn't a character in The Square you can care about, beyond pity for their foolishness and exasperation with their greed.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

  • A well-made and entertaining descent into a black-comic hell.

    Sheri Linden — Hollywood Reporter

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