The Upside Reviews

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July 27, 2020
The Upside isn't a movie that wants its audiences to think, and that's fine . . . but it's also a movie that doesn't let its audiences think.
July 18, 2020
The Upside is based on a true story. That's ironic, since it doesn't resemble real life so much as a cobbled together mess of carpe diem clichés, luxury porn and workplace sexual harassment.
September 13, 2019
Does it work? No, not really... But Kevin Hart is good.
May 23, 2019
A really long messy story that overstays its welcome. While some humor works, it should have committed to being a pure drama or a comedy.
May 3, 2019
As the paint-by-numbers plot progresses -- over two very long hours -- the treacle thickens and it becomes clear that each of them is slowly going to learn from and be redeemed by the others.
April 30, 2019
For much of the film, Hart seems to be preforming in a different film altogether than the rest of the cast.
April 5, 2019
What is unfortunate is the contrivance of this story. Hartmere and Burger use the tired convention of starting the film with the resolution of their relationship and then rewind six months to follow the progression.
March 4, 2019
This is a different look for him, and I'm fine with what he does, stepping in to a dramatic role. I have issues with this film because it wants to play off that "inspired by a true film" a bit too much.
February 27, 2019
The careers of Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman will not be remembered for anything they do in this film, for they're never allowed to go out of their comfort zones.
February 18, 2019
I can't exactly recommend you take a chance with this one. Why? Well, because you have seen it all before, and probably done better.
February 7, 2019
The most optimistic answer would be that after decades of overuse we're beginning to grow weary of such racist caricatures. Let's hope that's true.
February 7, 2019
The Upside has all the elements of a heartwarming film and sometimes arranges them in compelling ways, but the film overall lacks warmth for its characters or passion for its plot.
February 4, 2019
This is a movie filled with a painfully obvious story and manufactured mawkish moments. It's doesn't just pluck our heartstrings, it thrashes a power cord
February 1, 2019
There are positives in The Upside, but not enough to outweigh the negatives.
January 31, 2019
The Upside follows a formulaic approach and relies heavily on low emotional blows that seek immediate empathy but lack subtlety. [Full Review in Spanish]
January 30, 2019
This Hollywood remake doesn't even try to stand a millimeter apart from the formula of the successful French original. [Full Review in Spanish]
January 26, 2019
Its sins are somewhat mitigated by handsome production design and winning chemistry between Cranston and Hart. But there's nothing particularly memorable about the film.
January 25, 2019
A barely legible assemblage of incidents that only somewhat resemble a story.
January 23, 2019
Not only is the story unremarkably formulaic, but the characters feel like stereotypes.
January 22, 2019
Following a drama as moving as the Green Book... The Upside offers a slightly similar version of the same type of formula without the sophisticated gravitas. [Full review in Spanish]
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