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What Goes Up Reviews

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
September 21, 2010
High school drama tale is too edgy for young teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 21, 2010
O humor melancólico estabelecido pelo estreante Glatzer funciona na maior parte do tempo, sendo beneficiado ainda pela impecável performance de Coogan.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
June 15, 2009
An epic dramedy of teenage angst that is too much drama and not enough comedy for Steve Coogan's good.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Brian Orndorf
June 10, 2009
The film opens chaotically, perhaps randomly, and it never finds its proper footing. Most movies take their sweet time to reveal incompetence. What Goes Up boldly advertises it within the first 60 seconds.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Tony Macklin
June 6, 2009
What Goes Up is an earnest morality tale. It's very uneven, but it also seems sincere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 5, 2009
About as cruddy as a cruddy little indie can get, especially given a cast that should've known better.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 5, 2009
The whole thing feels like a premeditated attempt at a Sundance sensation, a mix of cast members (and ideas) from Juno and Hamlet 2 spiced up with the now obligatory '80s references.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
June 5, 2009
Director and co-writer Jonathan Glatzer handles his talented cast well, and the movie is dark, droll and sentimental in roughly the correct proportions.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
June 1, 2009
I never know quite what they were saying about heroism and then there are all these unanswered questions.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
June 1, 2009
The film really struggles to find its voice and to find purpose and meaning.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 31, 2009
Has a charismatic performance by Steve Coogan, but that's not nearly enough to save it from drowning from its bland, awkward and lazy screenplay that fails to generate any real laughs or palpable dramatic tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/10
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
May 29, 2009
A rambling, self-serious and chronically unfocused look at '80s-era small town America and the socio-psychological anguish of disaffected youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
May 29, 2009
[Director] Glatzer aims to wring laughter out of this desperation but succeeds only in producing a series of contrived characters and situations that make The Breakfast Club look like an unfiltered documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 29, 2009
An unusually subdued Coogan does his best, but this is the kind of pretentious nonsense he usually satirizes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 29, 2009
Mr. Coogan doesn't seem altogether comfortable with his part, which, like the story, undergoes a number of unconvincing changes.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
May 29, 2009
Such a confused, convoluted, odd piece of cinema that I almost recommend seeing it just because it is so very unusual.
Jesse Hassenger
May 28, 2009
a mess of a movie
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
May 28, 2009
While it's often as amateurish as it is assured, Glatzer and writer Robert Lawson want to convey so much that the sheer breadth of the movie means they hit a few of their targets.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Matt Pais
May 28, 2009
Muted and never moving, instead finding no insight while dragging its feet along a variety of forced quirks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
May 27, 2009
With its flat-footed script and poor production values, What Goes Up is a movie to be endured rather than enjoyed.
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