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Noah Baumbach

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About the Movie

Academy Award-nominated screenwriter/director Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale”) brings us the funny, touching and poignant story of two souls adrift in Los Angeles, trying to forge a connection. Florence Marr (Greta Gerwig), an aspiring singer struggling to find her place in the world, works as a personal assistant to the Greenberg family. Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller) has come to L.A. to housesit for his family. He's single, fortyish, witty, sharp-tongued – and, like Florence, something of a lost soul. Greenberg's vulnerability immediately endears him to Florence, and what begins as a courtesy to her employer develops into a charmingly eccentric and unexpectedly significant connection. As Greenberg discovers there is only so much “nothing” you can do, the awkward beauty of what he builds with Florence starts to look more and more like a reason to be happy.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 162
  • Fresh: 121
  • Rotten: 41
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: As a study of stasis and of people conscious of not living the lives they had imagined for themselves, the picture offers a bracing undertow of seriousness beneath the deceptively casual, dramatically offhand surface. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Oct 24, 2011

Fresh: His sharpest observations are reserved for preternaturally intelligent, hyper-self-conscious outsiders whose existential crises are the failure of the world-and, to some extent, themselves-to live up to their own high expectations. – Scott Foundas, Film Comment Magazine, Jun 20, 2013

Fresh: Far from the usual slapstick laced with smarts comedy, Greenberg is Ben Stiller's Punch Drunk Love. – Giles Hardie, Sydney Morning Herald, Aug 8, 2010

Rotten: Stiller loses his natural comic appeal chasing after the hero's frowns and tics... – Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

one word: zzZZZZzzzzzzZZZZZzzzzZZZZ

Maybe there was something personal in it for Ben Stiller... I can't imagine any other reason he would have done this pain staking boring film. I didn't even finish watching it, it was that painful to watch.


I don't see how this movie received positive critical rating. The dialogue was dull and the movie took an hour to make a point that could have taken ten minutes. Overall the actions of the characters were not believable, especially the relationship between Roger and Florence.

Real life

Millions of people can relate to this movie. It is reality tv in its purest form (It is real). I've indulged myself in a feeling, and unnatural understanding, that this, scripted, movie has more potential to be reality television (or catch my drift) than televised reality, (cough) scripted (cough), television. It was awesome.