• Unrated, 1 hr. 28 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Daryl Wein
    In Theaters:
    Apr 2, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 12, 2010
  • IFC Films


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Breaking Upwards Reviews

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

Makes one yet again wonder why filmmakers continually attempt to create art that will last out of relationships that didn't.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 31, 2010
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Watching this movie is no more interesting than talking to any random New York couple about what makes them tick.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

April 2, 2010
Tom Russo
Boston Globe
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Scenes meant to play as breezy and hip are more often just annoying.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

July 15, 2010
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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Breaking Upwards has its amusing and touching moments, but we're left wondering just what we're supposed to make of it all.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

April 15, 2010
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

Whiny and self-indulgent.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 1/4

May 15, 2010
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Much ado about a very rote situation, with a hammy excess of New York Jewish shtick (lead offender: Andrea Martin as Zoe's kvetching mom).

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

April 7, 2010
Andrew O'Hehir
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While Alex Bergman's photography is often impressive, Wein's editing has the short attention span of a Hollywood movie, without the accompanying cocaine rush.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

April 8, 2010
Michael C. Walsh
Boston Phoenix

Wein's debut feature is kind of a mess: he withholds and warps the emotions of the main characters till there's little sympathy to be had. But though this tactic is usually enough to derail a film, it works here...

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2010
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Yes, it's a little low-budget loopy. But that's part of its charm. Zoe Lister-Jones and Daryl Wein explore new relationship-ending methods with wry indie flare.

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: B+

May 6, 2010
Aaron Hillis
Time Out New York
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What stings throughout this stutter-stop relationship are the spot-on modern details, but the overall hipness is a little too forced -- it's damn funny when it could've been poignant.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

March 31, 2010
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Comes knocking at the door like a wolf in sheep's clothing, draping reality in a fictional romantic comedy about a twentysomething NYC couple named Daryl and Zoe whose relationship is coming apart.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 9, 2010
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

centers around a pair of three-dimensional, neurotic, interesting characters and has a strong, certain rhythm that sets it apart.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

April 1, 2010
Christopher Null

heads and tails above the rest of the "New York Hipsters in Love" movies that have come out lately.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

April 1, 2010
Ronnie Scheib
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The duo's longtime partnership imparts a palpable, lived-in intimacy, but lack of careful story construction sometimes hobbles the narrative's comic flow.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 1, 2010
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine

A comfy, up-tempo view of the New York indie-verse that has strong regional flourish, feeling less like a glamour shot of NY and more like a view of the city that never sleeps from a well worn studio with a big bed.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 2, 2010
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders

As with most films about young love won and lost, Breaking Upwards comes from a place of genuine pain, honesty, and most importantly, delusion.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 2/4

April 15, 2010
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Like many relationships, Breaking Upwards starts in bed and ends on the street. The journey in between, however, feels as new as anything a tiny budget and a boatload of talent could produce.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

April 2, 2010
Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
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Reportedly drawing on their own romantic relationship, Wein and Lister-Jones have co-written a low-budget romantic comedy that's smart and lively and, in the end, quite affecting.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 31, 2010

Hollywood Reporter
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April 2, 2010
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