The Square (2017)

147 mins
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Palme d'Or-winning satirical drama from Swedish helmer Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure). Stars Claes Bang and Elisabeth Moss.

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The Square (2017) | Ratings & Reviews

"The ‘shot reverse shot’ is among film and television’s most common editing techniques, used to reveal who a character is looking at and the person returning their gaze. It imparts a sense of stability, continuity and clarity. These bedrock comforts are deliberately eschewed – and the basic rule of the shot reverse shot upturned – in service of a thoroughly unsettlingly psychological effect in Swedish writer/director Ruben Östlund's new film The Square."

Flicks, Luke BuckmasterFlicks

"Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure took aim at a specific type of wounded masculinity, in ways that veered between comedy and tragedy. In his new film The Square, a similar satirical lens is applied to the art world. It might seem like low-hanging fruit, and Östlund definitely takes a few pot shots at pretension, but he lets his comically-barbed scenarios meander into other unexpected territories."

Flicks, Tony StampFlicks

"Most of the film’s best scenes could function as their own short film; string enough of them together and they all shed different light on a central theme, though never quite fully articulating it."


"It’s two hours and 22 minutes long, and though it has a strong first half, the more it goes on the less it hangs together."


"If the film has any flaw, it could be that it juggles too many good ideas. But why complain about that?"

Time OutTime Out

"Slow burn – and at almost two and a half hours, the burn here is positively languid – has a culminative force that can’t be resisted."

The TelegraphThe Telegraph

""The Square" is ultimately a long version of Christian's rambling apology, ostentatiously smart, maybe too much so for its own good, but ultimately complacent, craven and clueless."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"It doesn’t have the pure weapon-like clarity of Östlund’s previous film Force Majeure. But it sets out to make your jaw drop. And it succeeds."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"It affirms that art, this movie very much included, can tell us things about ourselves that we'd prefer not to know."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"...a potent, disturbing work that explores the boundaries of political correctness, artistic liberty and free speech in provocative ways..."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter



The Square (2017) | Details

Award winner
Winner of the Palme d'Or, 2017 Cannes Film Festival
MA15+, Strong coarse language
Comedy, Drama
Country of origin
Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark