The Upside of Anger Reviews

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 6, 2014
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 | Original Score: B
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
The screwiness feels patterned and arbitrary. There's little Upside here.
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
November 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Binder's writing is matched by the top-notch talents on display here.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: C-
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
The Upside of Anger is a sharply written, insightful and enjoyable film with many layers.
Anton Bitel
musicOMH.com
July 2, 2007
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.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 12, 2007
Not half bad, though only half good.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 4, 2007
Engaging, brilliantly directed, frequently funny and ultimately moving drama with a terrific script and superb performances from Allen and Costner.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
May 4, 2007
Very watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
thelondonpaper
May 4, 2007
A grandstanding performance from Joan Allen is the main attraction in this suburban dramacom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Independent
May 4, 2007
The final twist is misjudged, and it doesn't cohere at any level; but some funny moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Johnny Vaughan
Sun Online
May 4, 2007
Hilarious, moving and intoxicating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
May 4, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
May 4, 2007
Entertaining but flawed look behind suburbia's twitching curtains.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
May 4, 2007
This is well worth investigating.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 4, 2007
Showy and door-slamming but very watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Christopher
Times [UK]
May 4, 2007
A superior suburban chick flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anna Smith
Film4
May 4, 2007
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
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
May 4, 2007
Compelling and honest with flashes of dark humour which makes this a meaty comedy drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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