The Square

The Square

By Ruben Östlund

  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 2017-10-27
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 2h 31min
  • Director: Ruben Östlund
  • Production Company: ZDF/Arte
  • Production Country: Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 4.99
From 304 Ratings


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.




  • How can anybody say this is funny?

    By Victor D.
    The trailer was magnificently done because it actually made me think this was a weird and funny movie, but it is disastrous, absolutely unfunny and yes, I watch and appreciate good cinema. It was a waste of 99¢ to rent it, not to mention the two hours I could’ve spent watching a Colombian telenovela to greater benefit to my intellect. It must’ve had an amazing marketing campaign to win the Palm D’Or. If I was a filmmaker and my movie lost to this pointless waste of time, I would quit. My toddler’s cartoons have a stronger social message, funnier moments, and make more sense.
  • Waste of time & money-- Even at 99 cents

    By Growlingrooster
    This movie could have actually been really good IF the director and screen writer could have spent time on creating a storyline that wasn't just a series of disconnected foolishness. There were plenty of interesting parts of this movie but...and a big but...separately they could have been the basis for interesting plotlines. However none are fully explored. Plus the fact that Elizabeth Moss is used in the trailer of the film is deceptive marketing since she's actually only in this film for about a combined 15 minutes of screen time. Save your money. Wait for this to come to Netflix of Amazon if you feel that you must waste a few hours of your life watch this incompetant parody of modern art curation.
  • Terribly disappointed.

    By IppoJ
    I painfully pushed my way through this, desperate to find a reason for such a high rating but instead found a slow, grinding, discombobulated mess of a movie that relentlessly tried to put me to sleep. Even at .99 it was not worth the money, or my time.
  • The only thing it gets right is every bad cliché about foreign films

    By Italian elvis
    Pretentious, tedious, pointless and subtitled.
  • 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.