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

April 21, 2006
When you understand its message, the film takes on a different level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 28, 2005
Serious stuff, to be sure, but hilarious touches abound.
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
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
March 31, 2005
An accomplished film that uses dark humor to leaven its serious topics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
March 25, 2005
Hrebejk wrings real poignancy out of the screenplay's wet rag of fateful coincidences and ill-fated relationships.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 24, 2005
Pungent and spirited, Up and Down shows us a nation in transition that's not necessarily a nice place to live, but it's certainly worth a visit. Especially at the movies.
Read More | Original Score: B+
March 24, 2005
It's been a long time since a movie allowed so many diverse narratives to fold into so unexpected, unified and satisfying a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 18, 2005
Its emotional tone may be up and down, but its clear-headed approach has straightforward snap.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2005
It's at least grappling with the kind of big, explosive questions that most filmmakers assiduously avoid.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 18, 2005
A heady mix of rough and tender characters -- sometimes both at once.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 11, 2005
It's the work of a lively filmmaker with an instinct for illustrating the cruel absurdities of family life.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 11, 2005
With great empathy for human foibles, filmmaker Jan Hrebejk shows that Czechs don't always keep pace with their evolving, post-Soviet society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 25, 2005
At its simplest, Up and Down moves along nicely, following the erratic fortunes of its heroes, and it contains some good performances.
February 25, 2005
An absorbing look at a country still struggling to adjust more than a decade after the fall of communism.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 25, 2005
The clumsy humor doesn't translate well.
February 25, 2005
A compelling tale of everyday extremes.
February 24, 2005
Hrebejk and his screenwriter, Petr Jarchovsky, understand their characters too well to judge them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 24, 2005
The Czech Republic's nominee for the best foreign film Oscar skips from buoyant satire to domestic melodrama, leaving behind a curious mix of emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
February 24, 2005
One of the more humane and more despairing comedies you'll find about race and class in contemporary society.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 23, 2005
Captures Prague life with a fervor that's comical but a longing that's serious; no one is easy to pigeonhole.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 22, 2005
Not exactly the toughest movie on the block, but especially compared to most American comedies, it conveys a sense of scrofulous rue.