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What Goes Up Reviews

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September 21, 2010
High school drama tale is too edgy for young teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
September 8, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
June 5, 2009
About as cruddy as a cruddy little indie can get, especially given a cast that should've known better.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 1, 2009
I never know quite what they were saying about heroism and then there are all these unanswered questions.
June 1, 2009
The film really struggles to find its voice and to find purpose and meaning.
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
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
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
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
May 29, 2009
Mr. Coogan doesn't seem altogether comfortable with his part, which, like the story, undergoes a number of unconvincing changes.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 29, 2009
Such a confused, convoluted, odd piece of cinema that I almost recommend seeing it just because it is so very unusual.
Top Critic
May 29, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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