Up in the Air (2009)



Critic Consensus: Led by charismatic performances by its three leads, director Jason Reitman delivers a smart blend of humor and emotion with just enough edge for mainstream audiences.

Movie Info

Ryan Bingham, a corporate hatchet man who loves his life on the road, is forced to fight for his job when his company downsizes its travel budget. He is required to spend more time at home just as he is on the cusp of a goal he's worked toward for years: reaching five million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.

Rating: R (for language and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Sheldon Turner, Jason Reitman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 9, 2010
Box Office: $83.8M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


as Ryan Bingham

as Alex Goran

as Natalie Keener

as Jim Miller

as Craig Gregory

as Julie Bingham

as Kara Bingham

as Maynard Finch
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Critic Reviews for Up in the Air

All Critics (266) | Top Critics (48)

Even though the film finally turns out to be yet another Hollywood fairy tale, at least it speaks the truth about our Great Recession.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

vibrantly witty and exceptionally delivered

Full Review… | July 11, 2015
Film Threat

By far Reitman's most accomplished film to date, both in terms of craft and its stealth avoidance of typical Hollywood flight patterns...

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

This is a likable film, with likable actors and a breezy, pleasant pace. If you're not paying close attention, you'd almost miss that this film is a crock. But it is. It's an elegant con.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

One of the warmest and most entertaining films of this or any year, which is saying something considering it's about a man who fires people for a living.

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

There is perhaps no film that represents the present better ...

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Audience Reviews for Up in the Air

Intimate, heartfelt, and heartbreaking, Up in the Air is a worthwhile experience that features great performances from Clooney, Fermiga, and Kendrick and a timely message that resonates. It may not be the most engaging film, however it is enjoyable and well-crafted.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

Very good romantic dramedy, Up In The Air is a well acted film that surprised me. I really didn't expect to enjoy it the way I did, but this film exceeded my expectations. George Clooney is terrific opposite Anna Kendrick, who is always charming in her roles. Jason Reitman directs the film, and like others such as Thank you for Smoking, he brings a unique touch to his films that makes this an engaging, and highly rich film going experience. At times the film did slow down, and it had a few imperfections here and there, but the cast and story keep you entertained. Reitman delivers a great film here that delivers a terrific storyline. Like I said, the film exceeded my expectations, and I didn't expect to enjoy it the way I did. Up In The Air is a well crafted film that mixes comedic elements with drama to make for a fun film to watch. If you enjoy the genre, then this is a must watch. Clooney delivers another great performance here, and other cast members are great as well. I found that every actor that played their part brought something to really elevate the film a lot more. The idea behind the film is simple, yet Reitman and company are able to pull off something truly special. The result is a film that is very well acted, one that boasts a great story, and a surprising performance by actor Danny McBride, who normally is in straight forward comedic roles. The role he's in really is a great departure from his usual output, and he proves that he's able to act in more dramatic roles. Up In The Air is among Jason Reitman's finest efforts.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Finally watched this on my sister's recommendation. There's a lot of good material here, I could definitely see it again. Watch it for the smooth but gentle, humane way Ryan Bingham handles people.

It was especially poignant (from a Zen perspective) to listen to Anna Kendrick rattle off all the ideals of a young person, and watch how those very fantasies cause her mental suffering.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

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