Igby Goes Down
Igby Goes Down (2002)

Meet Igby Slocumb. He's an angry, rebellious and sarcastic seventeen-year-old at war with the stifling world of "old money" privilege into which he was born. Igby's life and family seem one way on the surface, but he's… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 13, 2002
DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In the vein of The Catcher in the Rye, Igby Goes Down is scathingly witty and sharply observant.

Ken Eisner

Steers puts a lot of balls in the air, but no one, including Igby, gets developed far enough for viewers to really know and care about them.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In its own floundering way, it gets to you. Just like Igby.

Malcolm Johnson
Hartford Courant

If this were a short story, it would belong in The New Yorker in the days of J.D. Salinger. It is both droll and grim, often handsome and tasteful with its cinematography and production values.

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Neil Young
Time Out

Yes, it's The Catcher in the Rye all over again - with generous helpings of Rushmore, The Graduate, Bret Easton Ellis and The Ice Storm. Igby never reaches those heights ...

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The film makes a fatal mistake: It asks us to care about a young man whose only apparent virtue is that he is not quite as unpleasant as some of the people in his life.

Anton Bitel
Daily Info

so many of the characters are so soulless, making it difficult to see past their sarcastic, brash exteriors... So when all the iciness melts away, the sentimentality which replaces it seems unconvincingly pat.

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Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

The poignancy of the conclusion leaves you hoping fervently that Igby's best is still to come - and Culkin's, as well.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

In all, Steers has insured that this teenage film will be recognizable to teenagers but not limited to them.

Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media

Dark, depressing story that's for adults only.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
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Conner Rainwater
This is almost too perfect of an origin story for Sean and Patrick Bateman. Kieran Culkin and Ryan Phillippe were both ruthless in their own way. I think… More
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Coxxie Mild Sauce
well i saw about 15 minutes and it looks ok but Kieran, like his brother Macacakaulay however u spell it, is not a great actor.
Chris Weber
This represents something of a dry run for an updated Catcher in the Rye. It's a biting and caustic dark dramedy about Igby Slocumb- a rich and sardonic… More
Ken Stachnik
Another rich dysfunctional family film that's ultimately depressing, but well acted and crafted