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Overall 9

A portrait of broken and redeemed people

wiegee, IMDb
6 December 2011
  • Summary: I stumbled upon this gem of a movie last night, and today I am grateful that I did. Roger Greenberg is a lost man. He might have been a major rock musician, but that went nowhere, thanks to his own hubris.
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Hitting 40 Plus and Asking 'What Happened'

Chrysanthepop, IMDb
8 May 2011
  • Summary: I was under the impression that this would be another wacky Ben Stiller comedy. When I started watching it and learned that Noah Baumbach (who had previously made the excellent 'Margot at the Wedding') was the director, I knew this was going to be a different kind of movie that would probably reveal...
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Overall 9

The Ultimate Anti-Romantic Comedy

jzappa, IMDb
22 August 2010
  • Summary: You know those fleeting, inelegant moments and transitory, almost Seinfeldian scenarios in our lives that, unlike on Seinfeld, we never really talk about, because they betray how clueless and insecure we all are?
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Overall 8

Noah Baumbach and a (serious) Ben Stiller combine forces on this character piece.

lewiskendell, IMDb
10 August 2010
  • Summary: "A shrink said to me once that I have trouble living in the present, so I linger on the past because I felt like I never really lived it in the first place, you know?" Greenberg is a drama about...Greenberg. Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller), to be specific.
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Overall 4

Good Performances, Boring Movie

chicagopoetry, IMDb
9 July 2010
  • Summary: Greenberg is one of those films where you have to say wow, the performance are Oscar worthy, but trying to get through it, you say, oh will it ever end, puleeeese. I wish I could end my review right there, because that says it all, but IMDb requires a certain amount of lines.
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Overall 1

I hope this movie isn't a reflextion on reality...

kriskoppy1961, IMDb
30 June 2010
  • Summary: I just spent a couple hours struggling through this cinema of confusion. I kept waiting for the film to get better but alas.... it never did. Stiller plays a confused, disillusioned human being and that's exactly what overwhelms this film.
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Overall 6

Character study may not be for everyone, but there's much to see

Dan Franzen (dfranzen70), IMDb
19 April 2010
  • Summary: Greenberg, about a discontented 40 year old who's not at all sure what he's doing with his life, is a provocative slice of life - but it's not for all tastes. It moves slowly and demands extra attention, but even if you're really into the story you might wonder where those 107 minutes went.
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Overall 10

Brilliant, Heartwarming Character Study That's Not For Everybody

Eric M. Van (emvan@post.harvard.edu), IMDb
1 April 2010
  • Summary: ... (which, if you've read the other reviews here, you know is a massive understatement). Let's start with the two obvious stumbling blocks to loving this rather astonishingly good and (for some) altogether life-affirming and lovable movie. -- The main character is pretty much a jerk.
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Overall 8

Some people don't "get" this film...

DarthPaul85, IMDb
30 March 2010
  • Summary: This film was slightly misadvertised. It is not a "funny movie," it is a pseudo-slice of life movie with an eccentric but believable character. It is a comedy in the sense that it is not a tragedy. I enjoyed this film immensely. I found it very cathartic and realistic.
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Overall 8

Working hard at doing nothing

David Ferguson (fergusontx@gmail.com), IMDb
28 March 2010
  • Summary: Greetings again from the darkness. Noah Baumbach wrote and directed the excellent "The Squid and the Whale", and it is with "Greenberg" that he really makes a statement as an independent filmmaker to anticipate. The second gem is always the most elusive.
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