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Up and Down (Horem Pádem) (Loop the Loop) Reviews

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

An ambitious premise that only just falls short of genius.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

June 14, 2008
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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When you understand its message, the film takes on a different level.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

April 21, 2006
Kent Turner

Forget Crash. This vivisection of race and class, set in the Czech Republic, offers no easy redemption, if any.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

January 3, 2006
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A sprawling comedy-drama that actually tries to say something -- not just about its characters, but about the Czech Republic and what it's turned into since becoming a capitalistic society.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

June 25, 2005
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

[A] fascinating but disjointed portrait of strained family relations in the modern Czech Republic.

| Original Score: 3/4

June 24, 2005
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

Up and Down spends most of its time at the lower elevations.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

June 17, 2005
Eric D. Snider

Hrebejk suggests, through this tragi-comic film, that while things are rough now, they've got to get better. I mean, they can't get much worse, can they?

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

May 22, 2005
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Hrebejk's stylish direction and perfectly chosen cast make what might otherwise have been a depressing tale of post-perestroika working class woes into a melancholy, comedic riff on what it means to be European these days.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

May 8, 2005
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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For an engrossing, funny, sad, cautiously hopeful portrait of post-Soviet life in Eastern Europe, look no further than Up and Down.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 29, 2005
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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The movie asks us to see these people as humans and to forgive them for being human and doing to each other what humans beings do to each other. It's a deeply humane film.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

April 28, 2005
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Serious stuff, to be sure, but hilarious touches abound.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 28, 2005
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The suspense of watching the storylines weave together (and occasionally butt heads) like a Czech-language "Short Cuts" makes for a compelling and darkly funny film.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

April 28, 2005
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

While parts of 'Up and Down' are effective, as a whole it doesn't measure up to its laudable ambition...the last word of the title proves more accurate than the first.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C

April 26, 2005
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

A dryly scathing examination of life after communism.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3/4

April 22, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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It manages the neat trick of being both charming and bilious, and its tart points about racism translate excellently into English.

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

April 22, 2005
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald

The story's lack of impact onscreen reflects its lack of impact on those of us offscreen.

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

April 22, 2005
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Its many ideas never quite cohere, and it remains an admirable misfire...

| Original Score: 2/4

April 18, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Hrebejk's post-Soviet Czech Republic is more than a little like the American South, a conquered territory rife with old wounds and fresh indignities.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: A

April 15, 2005
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Hrebejk deftly brings the stories together, and does so without delving into sentimentality.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 14, 2005
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

An excellent piece of work: Just don't expect a rollicking farce

April 7, 2005
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