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

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

From what Hrebejk appears to say, it looks like the Czech Republic has many of the same problems as reunited Germany, but his comic roundabout approach diffuses his statement

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C-

April 2, 2005

Even with the humor, this is more of a downer than an upbeat story, an interesting slice of life, but doesn't have an arc to the story or the characters.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

February 25, 2005
Edward Havens

Has moments of beautiful poignancy.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C

March 27, 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
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Mildly interesting as slice-of-life, but as drama it leaves too much to be desired.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

March 12, 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
Joe McGovern
Slant Magazine

Played so broadly as to be mocking.

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

February 23, 2005
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Up and Down is half of an apt title for this pointless and depressing ode.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

February 27, 2005
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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The clumsy humor doesn't translate well.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News

February 25, 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
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
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 11, 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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Lacks any formulas or solutions, and is content to show us its complicated characters, their tangled lives, and the way that our need to love and be loved can lead us in opposite directions.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 25, 2005
James Berardinelli
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An accomplished film that uses dark humor to leaven its serious topics.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

March 31, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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A heady mix of rough and tender characters -- sometimes both at once.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 18, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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This fluidly paced film, with its keen observation of the confused longing for love, family and stability in an inherently unstable world, nonetheless keeps faith with the Czech genius for holding the tonal line between tragedy and the absurd.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 24, 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
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Hĝebejk claims inspiration from the likes of Mike Leigh and Woody Allen, and that can be seen in the surety of the characters, brought to life by an able cast that includes former Czech president Václav Havel.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 2, 2005
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
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Jeffrey M. Anderson
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out New York
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Eddie Cockrell
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