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

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 2, 2005
From what Hrebejk appears to say, it looks like the Czech Republic has many of the same problems as reunited Germany, but his comic roundabout approach diffuses his statement
Full Review | Original Score: C-
February 25, 2005
Even with the humor, this is more of a downer than an upbeat story, an interesting slice of life, but doesn't have an arc to the story or the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Edward Havens
March 27, 2005
Has moments of beautiful poignancy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
March 12, 2005
Mildly interesting as slice-of-life, but as drama it leaves too much to be desired.
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
Joe McGovern
Slant Magazine
February 23, 2005
Played so broadly as to be mocking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
February 27, 2005
Up and Down is half of an apt title for this pointless and depressing ode.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
February 25, 2005
The clumsy humor doesn't translate well.
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
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
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
May 11, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 25, 2005
Lacks any formulas or solutions, and is content to show us its complicated characters, their tangled lives, and the way that our need to love and be loved can lead us in opposite directions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
March 31, 2005
An accomplished film that uses dark humor to leaven its serious topics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 18, 2005
A heady mix of rough and tender characters -- sometimes both at once.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
February 24, 2005
This fluidly paced film, with its keen observation of the confused longing for love, family and stability in an inherently unstable world, nonetheless keeps faith with the Czech genius for holding the tonal line between tragedy and the absurd.
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
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 2, 2005
Hĝebejk claims inspiration from the likes of Mike Leigh and Woody Allen, and that can be seen in the surety of the characters, brought to life by an able cast that includes former Czech president Václav Havel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 14, 2008
An ambitious premise that only just falls short of genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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