The Square

The Square

By Ruben Östlund

  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 2017-10-27
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 2h 31min
  • Director: Ruben Östlund
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 4.99


Academy Award® Nominee for best foreign language film. Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for ”The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.



  • If I could give it zero stars!!!! But alas...

    By Super Future
    I mean really?!?!? What a waste of time. The trailer is the only funny thing about this comedy of errors (or better the compounding of several errors over to course of almost two hours). We even got bored (and we watch foreign language movies all the time and even speak a bit of Swedish!). I don’t mind the slow pace but definitely this movie does not compare with this director’s previous film (Force Majeure) which was actually very funny.
  • trigger warning: sexual assault

    By malair
    at about 40 minutes before the film ends, during oleg's stupid performance. it's really brutal and unnecessary (always) and clearly out of desperation to instigate the audience. this movie overall is a pretty poor attempt at addressing social/human dynamics around fear/intimacy. it falls really short of succeeding at anything really. i'm surprised it's called a comedy. it's not funny... maybe uncomfortable like Curb, but not funny... read a book instead.
  • Elizabeth Moss deserved better

    By ngp mke
    ponderously trying to emulate a Bergman, the Square is Swedish but not effective. Painfully boring. No movement in spirit to please Aristotle
  • It's Perfect

    By Chris1037z
    The best movie I've watched in a long time.
  • Brilliant!

    By Kwikkeys
    It's like watching a horrible accident: as I watched the events unfolding, I also watched some element of myself in each of the characters portrayed. All my instincts, fears, morals, integrity laid out bare. Suddenly, I'm as mortified by what I find in myself as what I observe in each character on the screen. Great cinema!
  • High IQ Required

    By thenakedape
    Brilliant social commentary film. Pitch black comedy. The chimpanzee performance art piece is worth the price of rental. **No heros journey here** Can't wait to watch again and begin unpacking. Scandinavian design at its finest.

    By bobbyb1999
    what is the concept? seriously, i have lost all faith in rotten, rotten tomato reviewers. This film had no cathathartic moments, no peaks, falls, no character empathy.Was this even a film? Or a stithching of various concuptatal art shots strung together called "The Square"?
  • there's no reason to watch this

    By oldtimeyasfck
    if you like long, boring, pointless movies, this is great. the only people who like this are obtuse art snobs who like it because they think they're supposed to. the acting is actually pretty great, production value is high, and it has a couple of moments...that all lead nowhere. and it's 2.5 hours. my girlfriend left after 40 minutes and i should have followed suit.
  • the emperor has a new suit of clothes? wow!

    By RayMacD
    Ironic. sarcastic. The humor of seeing a chimpanzee sitting on a sofa, drawing...and not unlike a pig, putting on lipstick. This is not Seinfeld, folks. The designation Comedy is inapt, unless you think Heironymous Bosch is a riot.
  • Right on target, funny and entertaining!!

    By maddogmovies7
    I can see why this won top honors at Cannes. It was nothing short of brilliant. After the recent fiasco at the Metropolitan Museum of Art In New York, where they finally dumped an exhibit where restrained, chained dogs, facing each other, were forced to run on a treadmill, this film rang so true about many aspects of the art world: pretentious, flatulant and absurd. Even If you aren't in on the joke, the banquet scene is worth the price of admission. One of the most original films to come along this decade.