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Film Comment, 03/01/2010, "[T]he psychological geography of GREENBERG is terrain Baumbach has been mapping in increasingly sharp relief since his 1995 debut KICKING AND SCREAMING..."

New York Times, 03/19/2010, "It is the funniest and saddest movie Mr. Baumbach has made so far, and also the riskiest."

Chicago Sun-Times, 03/24/2010, 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "This is an intriguing film, shifting directions, considering Greenberg's impossibility in one light and then another....What Ben Stiller does with the role is fascinating."

Rolling Stone, 04/01/2010, 3 stars out of 4 -- "Writer-director Noah Baumbach walks the fragile line between humor and heartbreak. Ben Stiller is exceptional..."

Wall Street Journal, 03/19/2010, "GREENBERG scintillates with intelligence, razor's edge humor and austere empathy for its struggling lovers."

Entertainment Weekly, 03/26/2010, "[T]here is something undeniably compelling about the surgical precision with which the filmmaker picks at neuroses that feel very personal."

Washington Post, 03/26/2010, 3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] quietly funny portrait of grown-ups growing up..."

Greenberg aims to recapture the raw flavor and psychological acuity of 1970s character portraits like Five Easy Pieces--but the character in question is completely of the moment. Neurotic and anxious Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller) comes to L.A. to stay in his brother''s house, where he reconnects with old bandmates and falls, with painful awkwardness, into a relationship with his brother''s personal assistant, Florence Marr (Greta Gerwig, sweetheart of the "mumblecore" movement). But this movie is not about plot--it''s about human frailty and finding a moral or spiritual significance in caring for a dog or driving someone on an errand. Stiller sheds his usual bag of twitchy tricks and conveys the brittle spirit of a man defeated by his own intelligence. Gerwig has an odd, hapless charm; she makes aimlessness appealing. As a romance, the movie falters--while it''s obvious why Roger would be attracted to Florence''s youth and vulnerability, it''s less clear why Florence wouldn''t be repelled by Roger''s sometimes-cruel instability. But writer-director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) has gotten even better at capturing the history of two people with brief, incisive strokes; Roger''s prickly history with his friends becomes vividly clear in a few conversations. As a core sampling of the contemporary psyche, Greenberg is rewarding. Also featuring excellent performances by Jennifer Jason Leigh (eXistenZ) and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill). --Bret Fetzer

USA Today, 03/19/2010, "[F]or those looking for realistic, complex characters coping with believable emotional hurtles, this is an unexpected gem."

Box Office, 02/22/2010, 3 stars out of 5 -- "[D]irector/writer Noah Baumbach moves the whole shebang along at a brisk pace....The humor and the pathos shine through."

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Hollywood meets the mumblecore indie movement in this film starring TROPIC THUNDER’s Ben Stiller and HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS’ Greta Gerwig. Stiller plays Roger Greenberg, a man who falls for his brother’s assistant (Gerwig) while he is going through a life crisis. Directed by Noah Baumbach, GREENBERG also stars Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and mumblecore regular Mark Duplass.


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