Igby Goes Down
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2002 1 Jan
Christian media critics are not convinced that bad family dynamics should make audiences sympathetic to reckless, sarcastic, destructive heroes. Preview's critic reports, "No redeeming elements were found in any scrap of this film."
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In the mainstream press, critics generally approved of the picture. Lisa Schwarzbaum (Entertainment Weekly) calls it "poisonously funny and unstintingly furious … a little indie-style production that succeeds not because it breaks new ground but because it displays such nimble footing around a familiarly rocky coming-of-age landscape."
But Mary Ann Johanson (Flick Filosopher) disagrees: "Even Culkin's intensely mordant performance here can't make this pointless and brutal film watchable. Culkin is extraordinary in Igby's adolescent anguish, but it couldn't have been hard to pretend you want out of this world."