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What Goes Up Reviews

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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.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
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
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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.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 25, 2009
What Goes Up's point that Americans create icons to fulfill their own screwy needs is made through contrived and nonsensical plotting.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
Prairie Miller
May 23, 2009
Duff and the other young actors should not be faulted for the adults around them, both in the movie and behind the cameras. They excel at projecting the confusion and anguish of students in crisis, and all deserve an A. The filmmakers are another matter.
Cole Smithey
May 27, 2009
In the current rut of similarly titled films with aspirations of altitude ("Up," "Away We Go"), "What Goes Up" is an especially loathsome case of entropy.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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.
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
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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Brian Lowry
May 12, 2009
Given its title and direct linkage to the 1986 Challenger shuttle disaster -- nearly adds tasteless to its unflattering hat trick.
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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
May 27, 2009
I've seen a lot of terrible movies in the line of duty, but What Goes Up might be the only genuinely unreleasable one.
Jesse Hassenger
May 28, 2009
a mess of a movie
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Harvey S. Karten
May 22, 2009
'What Goes Up' doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 27, 2009
Without a trace of tempo or one shred of narrative pacing, What Goes Up is not really a movie; it's the cheapest kind of amateurishness that looks like it was shot with a cell phone.
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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