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Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 3

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Byington creates an offbeat energy by brilliantly pairing established actors and non-actors in this comedic fable about a man watching his life fly by. Max (Keith Poulson), along with his best friend Sal (Nick Offerman, "Parks & Recreation") and the woman they both adore, Lyla (Jess Weixler, TEETH), stumble through thirty-five years of seemingly mandatory but unfulfilling entanglements. (c) Tribeca Film

Unrated,

Comedy

Bob Byington

Sep 16, 2013

$83.8k

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It's all kind of cute. Maybe a little too cute, but it does have a nice circle-of-life ending.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The film itself is so charming that you almost forget to ask whether these people truly deserve our empathy.

March 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The time-killing universe Byington has created makes sure we never forget how absurd he thinks the whole movie is. Fun for him, perhaps.

March 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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American cinema has been churning out slacker movies for what seems like eons, so it's refreshing to report that Somebody Up There Likes Me enlivens the genre with a welcome breath of imagination, wit and charm.

March 25, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The film itself is so charming that you almost forget to ask whether these people truly deserve our empathy.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Words such as offbeat, charming or, Lord help us, quirky are wildly overused and yet this is exactly the kind of film to which they best apply.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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This isn't mumblecore, but it isn't slapstick, either. File under mumblestick, perhaps?

October 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but this mixture of magical realism and bittersweet absurdity benefits from a consistency of vision and a genuinely unusual storytelling approach.

July 13, 2013 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

An easy going family comedy featuring odd people who turn out to be just like us.

April 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Deadpan absurdity and an insistently whimsical score only add to the cookie-cutter feel, but the performances are appealing enough.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Somebody is nihilistic, misanthropic, and weirdly relaxing. I've never seen anything like it.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Somebody Up There Likes Me is a poignant and at times trying work of personal art that will likely mean different things to different people. Like its director, it seems to reflect more than it reveals.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

Bob Byington's perspective may be above it all, but that doesn't quite account for the shades of melancholy that pop up unexpectedly in lines of dialogue and in some of the performances.

March 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The film never quite comes together enough to get over the sense that it's a comedy made by people who think they're too cool to laugh but it comes close.

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Somebody Up There Likes Me is an entertaining film with a strong artistic exertion and a resilient attention to detail, making for a memorable seventy-five minutes thanks to its outlandish quirk and well-defined characters.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

There's talent here, but the goal seems to be proving that everyone involved is too cool to make an actual movie.

March 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

I didn't find Somebody Up There Likes Me as funny as others seem to, but I was fascinated enough by the curious offering to watch it twice.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: NUVO Newsweekly
NUVO Newsweekly

In the hands of another filmmaker, Byington's approach might come across as gimmicky or overly precious. Instead, Somebody Up There Likes Me retains a playfully philosophical edge.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
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Audience Reviews for Somebody Up There Likes Me

Thirty-five years in the life of a waiter who goes through three lovers and one friend, while not visibly aging thanks to a magical suitcase. The detached twee style is unusual, like a sub-anesthetic dose of Wes Anderson, but this experiment in deadpan absurd comedy isn't particularly successful or meaningful.
October 14, 2013
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