The Upside of Anger (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Upside of Anger (2005)



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

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: R (for language, sexual situations, brief comic violence and some drug use)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mike Binder
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 26, 2005
Box Office: $18.7M
New Line Cinema - Official Site


Joan Allen
as Terry Wolfmeyer
Kevin Costner
as Denny Davies
Erika Christensen
as Andy Wolfmeyer
Evan Rachel Wood
as Lavender `Popeye' Wo...
Keri Russell
as Emily Wolfmeyer
Alicia Witt
as Hadley Wolfmeyer
Mike Binder
as Adam `Shep' Goodman
Tom Harper
as David Junior
Dane Christensen
as Gorden Reiner
Daniel Webb
as Grey Wolfmeyer
Danny Webb
as Grey Wolfmeyer
David Firth
as David Senior
Rod Woodruff
as Dean Reiner
Stephen Greif
as Emily's Doctor
Arthur Penhallow
as DJ Arhur P.
Richard Mylan
as Disc Jockey
Robert Perkins
as Town Car Man
William Tapley
as Doctor Lewis
Owen Oakshot
as Builder Foreman
Bella Sabbagh
as Radio Station Recept...
Michelle Denholm
as English National Bal...
Natalie Domanski
as English National Bal...
Sophie Gorrod
as English National Bal...
Carolyn Logan
as English National Bal...
Alison McWhinney
as English National Bal...
Natasha O'Brien
as English National Bal...
Stina Quagebeur
as English National Bal...
Olivia Ratcliffe
as English National Bal...
Laura Suttle
as English National Bal...
Nicola Wallis
as English National Bal...
Miki Weatherford
as English National Bal...
Nao Yamazato
as English National Bal...
Gavin Munn
as The Gavin Munn Band/...
Nicholas White
as The Gavin Munn Band/...
Peter Hajioff
as The Gavin Munn Band/...
Chris Banks
as The Gavin Munn Band/...
Roger Batting
as The Gavin Munn Band/...
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Critic Reviews for The Upside of Anger

All Critics (183) | Top Critics (39)

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.

Full Review… | August 6, 2014
Nick's Flick Picks

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

Full Review… | May 15, 2012
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.

Full Review… | November 22, 2010

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
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.

Full Review… | April 16, 2009

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Upside of Anger


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!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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.

Jennifer Xu

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.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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