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Square, The (15)

Comedy, Drama

A prestigious Stockholm museum's chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit.

The critical consensus

Pondering everything from free expression and sexual harassment to bourgeois guilt and migrant rage, this superbly acted saga may not always hit the target. But it unerringly leaves its mark.

****(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 13/03/2018

Gloriously cynical and delightfully slapstick – take from it what you will.

***(*)(*)Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies, 13/03/2018

In spite of its lengthy running time and the darkness of its themes, the film is frequently very funny.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 14/03/2018

Ruben Ostlund’s modern art satire The Square picks at some pretty low-hanging fruit, but there’s fun to be had in the way it interrogates the moral commitment of artists and institutions intent on making great social claims for their work.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 15/03/2018

A bracingly original satire that highlights the growing divide between rich and poor and the failings of modern man.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 16/03/2018

A satire on the contemporary art world sits edgily alongside a skewering of male privilege and middle-class altruism in Ruben Östlund’s surreal Palme d’Or winner.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 18/03/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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