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Up in the Air Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 15, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 4, 2010
The pitch-perfect direction by Jason Reitman perfectly balances comedy and drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 24, 2009
Director Jason Reitman brings such splendid balance and nuance to Bingham's story that you can't hate the man; indeed you end up pitying him.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 11, 2009
From taxi to touchdown, Reitman knows how to get us to the next destination.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 10, 2009
Now arriving at the main terminal is the movie of the year.
December 10, 2009
Jason Reitman's dry, moving "comedy," based on the Walter Kirn novel, is a sly indictment of Corporate America, Marketing America and Frequent Flying America.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 7, 2009
I think that this is a classic in the making.
December 6, 2009
Once again, Reitman the screenwriter gives Reitman the director an excuse to ponder the spaces between us and the ties that bind. Or don't.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 4, 2009
It's hard to think of an actor who's better at projecting the professional smoothness that's essential to make this character palatable, but Clooney turns out to be willing to take that persona further.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 4, 2009
If Reitman's first two films were triples, this is a home run.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 4, 2009
Reitman has given us a witty, elegant movie that is nonetheless, like its protagonist, somewhat aloof from the vicissitudes experienced by mere mortals.
December 4, 2009
Reitman possesses a flair for off-kilter scenarios, and he's in fine form again, taking his triangulated principals -- Ryan, Alex, Keener -- out of their comfort zones and into a more complicated geometry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 4, 2009
Few recent films have been so adroit at looking outward while burrowing inward.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
December 4, 2009
Reitman deserves credit for going through with a bitterly ironic ending, but the movie is marred by its warm condescension toward flyover country.
December 4, 2009
Ryan is an antihero for these parlous times and, of course, since he's played by Clooney, we wait for him to redeem himself and become a full-fledged hero.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 4, 2009
An assertively, and unapologetically, tidy package, from its use of romance to instill some drama into the narrative (the book introduces disease instead) and the mope-rock tunes that Mr. Reitman needlessly overuses.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 4, 2009
... it goes a long way to renewing our faith that movies can tackle grown-up comedy resonant with real-life dilemmas and tragedy, often beyond our ability to grasp or control.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 4, 2009
Timeliness can be tricky to pull off convincingly in movies. It's tough to capture an era while it's still happening, yet Up in the Air does so brilliantly, with wit and humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 4, 2009
A lovely Hollywood romance that floats buoyantly along on a sea of sadness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 4, 2009
In its funny, rueful way, Up in the Air touches contemporary American notes few Hollywood movies acknowledge.
December 4, 2009
Up in the Air is a timeless movie that's utterly of its time -- a movie of humor, heart and mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 4, 2009
This is Jason Reitman's first film since Juno, and it's easy to see why actors and audiences are attracted to his visual eye.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 3, 2009
Jason Reitman's third film has the lifespan of a state-fair churro: tasty at the point of consumption, it congeals soon afterward into its component ingredients of sugar and lard.
December 3, 2009
The picture is brushed with a fine glaze of slickness, a product sealed in a blister pack. It's like airplane air -- it has a packaged freshness that isn't really fresh at all.
December 3, 2009
One-word reaction: bravo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 3, 2009
How often can you fault a wonderful comedy for an excess of humanity or plausibility?
December 3, 2009
It would be easy to make Ryan a louse or a hero who just needs a bit of armor polish. Clooney makes Ryan both ruthless and sympathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 3, 2009
It's a timely tale of job loss and economic upheaval, at times hidden behind screwball-comedy dialogue. And it isn't perfect, but when it works -- which is most of the time -- it works like gangbusters.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 3, 2009
I don't know if it's the best movie of the year, but it's the most utterly enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 3, 2009
The film glides to a perfect landing, leaving several characters changed, one coldly untouched and nothing up in the air at all -- except, perhaps, the question of what this very talented crew is going to do next.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 3, 2009
Up in the Air is actually several good movies -- a workplace comedy, romantic comedy, and family comedy -- seated on the same flight in the same aisle. They all feel forced together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 3, 2009
Jason Reitman's direction nicely translates the seductive appeal of sterile public places while letting the assured performances do much of the work.
Read More | Original Score: B
December 3, 2009
Up in the Air has been shaped for Clooney's prodigious, slightly melancholy charm as a comic leading man. Happily he has worthy sparring partners.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 3, 2009
Up in the Air takes the trust people once had in their jobs and pulls out the rug. It is a film for this time.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 3, 2009
Up in the Air never cheats and delivers an almost perfect mix of humor, satire, and underplayed drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 2, 2009
Clooney has no peer at conveying suave, unflappable charm, but the role of Ryan requires the actor to do something different with his persona: Deflate the illusion and explore the emptiness beneath the cool.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 2, 2009
Reitman has an impeccable talent for tearing out the spine of a novel and transposing it to the big screen, streamlining and simplifying a literary work without dumbing it down.
December 2, 2009
Up in the Air is light and dark, hilarious and tragic, romantic and real. It's everything that Hollywood has forgotten how to do; we're blessed that Jason Reitman has remembered.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 2, 2009
Like Juno, Up in the Air conjures a troubling reality and then wishes it away.
December 2, 2009
Reitman, who also cowrote the screenplay, feels the constant need to "deepen" his characters, granting them wants and motivations -- especially during the moralistic third act -- that are totally alien to how they're initially portrayed.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 30, 2009
The tension between the bleak and the blithe, the prime source of this movie's strength, is sustained by Reitman to the end.
November 30, 2009
Clooney -- slim, dark, perfectly tailored -- glamorizes insincerity in a way that makes you want to go out and lie.
September 16, 2009
Up in the Air often looks like an American Airlines commercial, and I wouldn't call it a feel-good movie per se, but there's a certain satisfaction watching two snappy, beautiful people at the top of their form.
September 15, 2009
Populated by a handful of assured performances, Up in the Air is first and foremost an actor's movie.
September 14, 2009
A movie about a guy who fires people, released at a time when at least a tenth of the work force is out of work, is utterly nervy. And wonderful.
September 14, 2009
George Clooney has never seemed more vulnerable or more in tune with a role than he does in Up in the Air, a film that will be hard to beat for Best Picture come Oscar time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 8, 2009
Laughs and heartbreak meld seamlessly in this brilliant character drama.
September 8, 2009
A slickly engaging piece of lightweight existentialism highlighted by winning turns from George Clooney and Vera Farmiga.