'Greenberg' Critic Reviews

75%
MovieWeb:   0 reviews
74%
Rotten Tomatoes:   163 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    The funniest and saddest movie Mr. Baumbach has made so far, and also the riskiest.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    This is a movie about the awful shock of early middle age, the sudden realisation that you are not one of the young people any more. Like a wasp, it delivers a sharp sting of sadness.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The style is observational, the drama is understated, and, when the time comes, it knocks you out with the subtlest of badda-booms.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Greenberg scintillates with intelligence, razor's-edge humor and austere empathy for its struggling lovers.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    70
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Greenberg would be a heckuva movie if we could just get Greenberg out of there.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    I never knew who Ben Stiller was born to play, but now I do.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    Even among the cavalcade of finks and egoists that populate Baumbach's body of work, Greenberg is a doozy.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    84
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    Stiller is expert at playing self-indulgent types unaware of their boorishness, and Greenberg is no exception.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Sara Vilkomerson New York Observer (Top Critic)
    It's one of my favorite Stiller performances, perhaps precisely because it is such a surprisingly nuanced turn.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    To really pull off Greenberg would require a lead performance from a master actor. The actor it stars is...Ben Stiller.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    The movie ends on strange note, almost as if even Baumbach couldn't stand to spend one more minute with the odious Greenberg.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Greenberg is all about that halting, forward movement. Maybe there's no happy ending for Roger Greenberg, but there's no going back, either, and that counts as progress.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Dana Stevens Slate (Top Critic)
    Greenberg's inconclusive last scene hints at the possibility that even the bitterest basket case stands a chance of finding someone who loves him. That's sort of my hope for this movie, too.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Noah Baumbach again investigates psychologically screwed-up people, although this time with much less comedic impact.
    Full Review » 4 years ago