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The Upside of Anger (2005)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 181
Fresh: 134 | Rotten: 47

A comedy/ drama for grown-ups, with fine performances by Joan Allen and Kevin Costner.

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 12

A comedy/ drama for grown-ups, with fine performances by Joan Allen and Kevin Costner.

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A sharp-witted suburban wife, Terry Wolfmeyer, is left to raise her four headstrong daughters when her husband unexpectedly disappears. Things get even more hectic when she falls for her neighbor Denny, a once-great baseball star turned radio d.j. and her daughters are forced to juggle their mom's romantic dilemmas as well as their own.

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Jul 26, 2005

$18.7M

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All Critics (182) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (134) | Rotten (47) | DVD (25)

l, yet the movie's There's spiky humour and ample breathing room for the material, yet the movie's rather too intent on parading its own wisdom.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Binder wrote this movie for Joan Allen, and it is her flinty performance that gives the undertaking what claim it has to success.

September 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Film.com
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Mike Binder's femme-dominated domestic drama hooks the viewer immediately, and is flecked with enough bitterly comic touches to make this an easy-to-digest variation of an angst-ridden tale.

April 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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The actors tune in to their individual characters perfectly, but this is Allen's show.

April 2, 2005
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Standard-issue.

March 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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What's best about Upside is its gonzo-sitcom craziness, a situation that lends itself to enjoyable performances.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Upside is better-than-average as a mid-budget suburban film dramedy but positively gangbusters if you imagine it as a two-hour television pilot.

August 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

The screwiness feels patterned and arbitrary. There's little Upside here.

May 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

No actress has neck muscles like Joan Allen - able to gracefully reach upward or, here, stiffly twist into a double helix of tension and anxiety. It's not simply witty repartee and good chemistry. It's about comfortable situations that can't really last.

November 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Binder's writing is matched by the top-notch talents on display here.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Writer/director/actor Mike Binder (writer on HBO's "The Mind Of The Married Man") is to blame for this melodramatic game of Three Card Monte.

April 16, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

The Upside of Anger is a sharply written, insightful and enjoyable film with many layers.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Always more than a mere by-numbers domestic drama, The Upside of Anger is desperately, darkly funny, with dialogue to, er, die for, and a perfect cast.

July 2, 2007 Full Review Source: musicOMH.com
musicOMH.com

Not half bad, though only half good.

May 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Engaging, brilliantly directed, frequently funny and ultimately moving drama with a terrific script and superb performances from Allen and Costner.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Very watchable.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A grandstanding performance from Joan Allen is the main attraction in this suburban dramacom.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: thelondonpaper
thelondonpaper

The final twist is misjudged, and it doesn't cohere at any level; but some funny moments.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Hilarious, moving and intoxicating.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Self-pitying and saccharine, this big whining ball of dross drags itself across the screen for two interminable hours, climaxing in a twist ending that comes with neon road signs attached.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Entertaining but flawed look behind suburbia's twitching curtains.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This is well worth investigating.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Showy and door-slamming but very watchable.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

A superior suburban chick flick.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

While beautifully cast and acted, this focuses on its comic strengths to the detriment of the drama, creating an unbalanced tone and leading to self-conscious attempts at serious observation. A pleasant watch, but nowhere near as profound as it thinks it

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Compelling and honest with flashes of dark humour which makes this a meaty comedy drama.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Upside of Anger

The only upside to this film is the twist ending that is only welcome because you end up hating the characters so much (I won't spoil the ending but I also wouldn't recommend this film). To be fair though, I thought Kevin Costner was pretty good in this and I liked his character. Joan Allen is good at what she does but what she does best is play really hateful people and sometimes (most of the time) they are not necessarily the kind of characters I enjoy. Erika Christensen, Keri Russell and Alicia Witt play hateful daughters of a hateful mother really well too because I now hate them and don't wish to see any other films that they are in. Evan Rachel Wood is forgiven and has more than made up for it since. Basically I found this film in the bargain bin and it had 'Incredibly funny' written on the sleeve. It's not 'Incredibly funny' but it does however belong in the bargain bin.
May 31, 2011
SirPant

Super Reviewer

I really quite liked ths movie, it was a beautiful storyline and brilliantly acted as well!
Its funny, dramatic sad and a powerful drama that really is inspiring as well!
the story is about a wife who comes to believe her husband has betrayed her and left her for his receptionist so she comes so engrossed in her feelings of anger and betrayal that she ignores the fact she has a responsibility as a mother, this story is mainly about finding yourself and becoming a new person and that there is an upside to anger!
A really good movie really wroth a watch Joan Allen is fantastic in this role!
August 12, 2009
FiLmCrAzY
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Whoa, SO not what I was expecting but surprisingly funny and touching at the strangest parts! Joan Allen is certainly a marvel, and the rest of the female supporting cast is pretty wonderful too. The ending was...very cathartic.
July 11, 2009
jennifxu

Super Reviewer

Joan Allen is rock-awesome and ending is totally boss...BUT everything preceding it kinda sucked ass. Script is full of what Binder thought was clever at the time but really isn't in practice. The daughters have one identifying trait each and nothing beyond that. Also, the three eldest all look the same age. Keri Russell is delightful but casting-wise, she should have been the eldest. The only well-written character is Terry but even then, I saw no trace of "the nicest person" Popeye spoke of. She had to have the potential to become mad and drunk. And since I haven't seen "Thirteen" yet, I'm still not convinced ERW is that great of an actress.
February 17, 2008
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