Up and Down (Horem Pádem) (Loop the Loop) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Up and Down (Horem Pádem) (Loop the Loop) Reviews

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 14, 2008
An ambitious premise that only just falls short of genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Calder
New Zealand Herald
December 30, 2006
This densely textured film by the writer-director team responsible for the sublime wartime drama Divided We Fall (2000) displays the same giddy blend of realist drama and bleak humour in the fine absurdist tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
April 21, 2006
When you understand its message, the film takes on a different level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kent Turner
January 3, 2006
Forget Crash. This vivisection of race and class, set in the Czech Republic, offers no easy redemption, if any.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 25, 2005
A sprawling comedy-drama that actually tries to say something -- not just about its characters, but about the Czech Republic and what it's turned into since becoming a capitalistic society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 24, 2005
[A] fascinating but disjointed portrait of strained family relations in the modern Czech Republic.
| Original Score: 3/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 17, 2005
Up and Down spends most of its time at the lower elevations.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
May 22, 2005
Hrebejk suggests, through this tragi-comic film, that while things are rough now, they've got to get better. I mean, they can't get much worse, can they?
Full Review | Original Score: B
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
May 8, 2005
Hrebejk's stylish direction and perfectly chosen cast make what might otherwise have been a depressing tale of post-perestroika working class woes into a melancholy, comedic riff on what it means to be European these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 29, 2005
For an engrossing, funny, sad, cautiously hopeful portrait of post-Soviet life in Eastern Europe, look no further than Up and Down.
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
April 28, 2005
The movie asks us to see these people as humans and to forgive them for being human and doing to each other what humans beings do to each other. It's a deeply humane film.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 28, 2005
Serious stuff, to be sure, but hilarious touches abound.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 28, 2005
The suspense of watching the storylines weave together (and occasionally butt heads) like a Czech-language "Short Cuts" makes for a compelling and darkly funny film.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 26, 2005
While parts of 'Up and Down' are effective, as a whole it doesn't measure up to its laudable ambition...the last word of the title proves more accurate than the first.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
April 22, 2005
A dryly scathing examination of life after communism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 22, 2005
It manages the neat trick of being both charming and bilious, and its tart points about racism translate excellently into English.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
April 22, 2005
The story's lack of impact onscreen reflects its lack of impact on those of us offscreen.
| Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 18, 2005
Its many ideas never quite cohere, and it remains an admirable misfire...
| Original Score: 2/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 15, 2005
Hrebejk's post-Soviet Czech Republic is more than a little like the American South, a conquered territory rife with old wounds and fresh indignities.
| Original Score: A
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 14, 2005
Hrebejk deftly brings the stories together, and does so without delving into sentimentality.
| Original Score: 3/4
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