The Upside Reviews

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April 13, 2020
Director Neil Burger, for his part, moves the story along fairly briskly, refusing to let the film's schmaltziness weigh it down. This is nothing remarkable, but it could have been a lot worse.
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.
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 22, 2019
This is not much more than a light crowdpleaser, but when you've got two powerhouse performers like this it is very difficult not to find oneself at least temporarily charmed.
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.
January 17, 2019
Kevin Hart's huge number of fans may push this film to early box-office success but eventually they are likely to toss it into the untouchable pile.
January 17, 2019
For the most part, [Hart] is more subdued than usual and aiming to hit deeper notes - call it Hart-felt.
January 15, 2019
It's a struggle to find the bright side to this rather hackneyed film.
January 14, 2019
Forced to work strictly from the neck up, Cranston is just the right amount of gruff; Hart, aside from a deeply unnecessary catheter scene, gives a gratifyingly prickly and vulnerable performance.
January 12, 2019
The Upside works for many of the same reasons that The Intouchables worked but, like any echo, it's neither as loud nor as powerful.
Top Critic
January 12, 2019
Compared with the streamlined Intouchables, the remake feels ungainly, inexpertly suturing together the French source material with Hollywood formula.
January 11, 2019
Cranston and Hart are surprisingly good together. Their chemistry goes a long way to making up for the many implausibilities in the story and the presence of several extraneous subplots.
January 11, 2019
Hart has two settings: brash-obnoxious and brash-genial, both of which he flogs to death here.
Top Critic
January 11, 2019
It runs two hours and five minutes, which in my opinion is two hours too long.
January 11, 2019
What's needed between the two is electricity, and spontaneous warmth, not chemistry by the numbers in a movie so addicted to milking that it should have been set in a dairy.
January 11, 2019
It's a film that contains complicated, sad, interesting ideas rarely expressed on screen... but whose package is fundamentally unsuited to showcase those ideas, like a sweater with the holes in all the wrong places.
January 11, 2019
The suggestion -- even in a crowd-pleasing comedy -- that America's racial divides can be bridged by Pavarotti and a joint is downright Stone Age.
January 11, 2019
The Upside somehow overrides its own flaws because of the two lead performances.
January 11, 2019
The two actors are fine, and have decent chemistry, but the film doesn't dig deeply enough for us to truly be invested in their relationship.
January 11, 2019
As part of its story, The Upside strives to make the case that opera is worth loving; it might have done well to borrow from the pathos and passion that help make it so.
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