The Upside of Anger Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 17, 2005
[Binder's] film is a raging morass of misogyny, a self-congratulatory exercise in mental masturbation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
March 18, 2005
Unfortunately, despite predictably fine performances all around, the overall effect of the film is hampered by poor directorial execution and an act-three plot twist that defies plausibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
March 7, 2005
A few great moments wedged into a fairly bland film.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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-
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
March 18, 2005
There's little Upside here.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
The screwiness feels patterned and arbitrary. There's little Upside here.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 14, 2005
The Upside of Anger feels like it could have used some judicious re-writes to streamline the story to fit the just-under-120 minute run time
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
April 1, 2005
I'd suggest a better title would be The Upside of Alcoholism," but I really can't think of any upside to this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 10, 2005
The upside of Mike Binder's deeply flawed attempt to marry midlife romantic comedy with domestic farce is two nearly perfect performances by Joan Allen and Kevin Costner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 11, 2005
This is no Terms of Endearment.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 17, 2005
Allen and Costner get to flirt and fool around and distract us from the rest of the movie. They're doing it a favor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 18, 2005
Binder is too facile an observer to get anywhere near the complexities of a house full of women -- instead, Terry is a prickly goddess, and the daughters are an assortment of muses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 25, 2005
Standard-issue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lisa Ann Cockrel
Christianity Today
November 10, 2006
Unfortunately, outstanding performances by Allen and Costner aren't given much of a viable dramatic context.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Top Critic
September 15, 2005
Binder wrote this movie for Joan Allen, and it is her flinty performance that gives the undertaking what claim it has to success.
Lexi Feinberg
CinemaBlend.com
February 28, 2005
Clearly inspired thematically by American Beauty, but unable to reach its status or impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
March 17, 2005
Despite the xeroxed plot and a horribly misguided ending ... nearly redeemed by a cast that wrings out every last bit of potential from the formula.
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
April 2, 2005
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