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Brad's Status (15)

Comedy, Drama, Music

A father takes his son to tour colleges on the East Coast and meets up with an old friend who makes him feel inferior about his life's choices.

The critical consensus

A droll and vigorous psychological study of an everyday egomaniac, but we’ve seen Stiller do this sort of thing before, and better.

***(*)(*)Nick De Semlyen, Empire Online, 22/12/2017

Tender and truthful in equal measure, this is a heartfelt cringe comedy with a bittersweet ache at its core, which might even merit a tear or two at the climax. Certainly, it reiterates how good a slightly-left-of-mainstream Stiller can be.

****(*)Kevin Harley, The List, 01/01/2018

It’s consistently funny and perceptive, if painfully awkward.

****(*)Phil Concannon, Little White Lies, 03/01/2018

This downbeat yet moving comedy of midlife existential angst explores why we hate it when our friends become successful.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 04/01/2018

The film is often perceptive and funny as it explores one man’s existential crisis.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 05/01/2018

The only downside is that the film sometimes feels as superficial as its central character.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 04/01/2018

Ben Stiller is on top form as a father experiencing some peer pressure during a tour of prospective colleges for his son.

****(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 07/01/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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