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
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
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
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
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
May 4, 2007
A grandstanding performance from Joan Allen is the main attraction in this suburban dramacom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

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
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
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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