Up in the Air

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Led by charismatic performances by its three leads, director Jason Reitman delivers a smart blend of humor and emotion with just enough edge for mainstream audiences.



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Ryan Bingham, a corporate hatchet man who loves his life on the road, is forced to fight for his job when his company downsizes its travel budget. He is required to spend more time at home just as he is on the cusp of a goal he's worked toward for years: reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.


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Critic Reviews for Up in the Air

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  • A slick, cute, diverting, superbly-acted film but also an empty one due to the picture's raison d'être: a one-trick pony concerned solely with lack of commitment.

    Jan 16, 2018 | Full Review…

    Ed Koch

    The Atlantic
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  • It's a pleasure to watch an adult American comedy that tries to deal with the real world, however much of a fantasy it carves from it.

    Jan 15, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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  • A deliciously self-referential treat, and perhaps even [Clooney's] best movie yet.

    Jan 15, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • There's nothing too profound here, and yet it works well as a smart, light cosmopolitan comedy: it's a snack, rather than a meal, but expertly made.

    Jan 15, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • What begins as a surprisingly successful mixture of Michael Clayton and Intolerable Cruelty eventually skirts uncomfortably close to the as-yet-unfilmed epilogue to Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

    Jan 15, 2010
  • In a time of economic meltdown, it is pleasing to have a drama that animates the alienation all around us, asking questions about what life is really all about. The director does all of this, and we can be grateful. The film is a breeze to watch.

    Jan 15, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Up in the Air

  • Sep 13, 2015
    This is a really great film. I'm not a fan of George Clooney, but he's pretty good here, as is Vera Farmiga. Anna Kendrick, unsurprisingly, steals the show, and is awesome.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2014
    Intimate, heartfelt, and heartbreaking, Up in the Air is a worthwhile experience that features great performances from Clooney, Fermiga, and Kendrick and a timely message that resonates. It may not be the most engaging film, however it is enjoyable and well-crafted.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2014
    Very good romantic dramedy, Up In The Air is a well acted film that surprised me. I really didn't expect to enjoy it the way I did, but this film exceeded my expectations. George Clooney is terrific opposite Anna Kendrick, who is always charming in her roles. Jason Reitman directs the film, and like others such as Thank you for Smoking, he brings a unique touch to his films that makes this an engaging, and highly rich film going experience. At times the film did slow down, and it had a few imperfections here and there, but the cast and story keep you entertained. Reitman delivers a great film here that delivers a terrific storyline. Like I said, the film exceeded my expectations, and I didn't expect to enjoy it the way I did. Up In The Air is a well crafted film that mixes comedic elements with drama to make for a fun film to watch. If you enjoy the genre, then this is a must watch. Clooney delivers another great performance here, and other cast members are great as well. I found that every actor that played their part brought something to really elevate the film a lot more. The idea behind the film is simple, yet Reitman and company are able to pull off something truly special. The result is a film that is very well acted, one that boasts a great story, and a surprising performance by actor Danny McBride, who normally is in straight forward comedic roles. The role he's in really is a great departure from his usual output, and he proves that he's able to act in more dramatic roles. Up In The Air is among Jason Reitman's finest efforts.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2012
    I'm definitely not a big fan of Jason Reitman's past films; Thank You for Smoking was mediocre, Juno felt overrated, and I just flat-out didn't like Young Adult. However, Up in the Air is different from those. It has some very funny moments, but it works just as well if not better in its serious ones. It defies predictability and formula, instead opting for a more original and honest story to tell. George Clooney and Anna Kendrick are both great, as is Vera Farmiga in a supporting role as Clooney's love interest. Something about Up in the Air is just much more mature than Reitman's other films. The characters are far more believable and fleshed out and the emotion seems more natural rather than forced. Jason Reitman is far better off without Diablo Cody writing for him, and the script is much less frustrating and pretentious than those of Young Adult and Juno. All in all, Up in the Air is a really great, enjoyable dramedy that stands out as Jason Reitman's best yet and, if you're like me and were turned off by his previous work, you should definitely give it a chance. You'll be surprised at just how good it is.
    Joey S Super Reviewer

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