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Up There Reviews

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Paul Gallagher
The List
November 20, 2012
It is no surprise to learn that this is an expanded version of a short film, as it ultimately feels like a simple, solid idea that's been stretched thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 16, 2012
I had the nagging sense it might have been better as a short. Lo and behold, it turns out to have been one ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
November 18, 2012
It runs out of steam very early on but should be compulsory viewing for would-be suicide bombers who think they're going to be living in a paradise populated by beautiful virgins.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 15, 2012
Salim's film is good-looking and proficient; but there is not quite enough here to sustain interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
November 16, 2012
Quirky and original, Up There feels more like an East German comedy from the Sixties than anything typically British but that is a big part of its charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Cath Clarke
Time Out
November 13, 2012
There's plenty to enjoy in the absurd quirkiness of 'Up There' but, as an elongated adaptation of Salim's own short film, its pleasures do start to wear thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
November 15, 2012
Great writing and direction from Zam Salim, and a charismatic lead turn from Burn Gorman. A fine debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 16, 2012
[A] bleakly bitter and super sly black comedy... Burn Gorman is poignant and very funny, in the driest sort of way...
M. Faust
ArtVoice
October 25, 2013
One of the best Scottish comedies since the heyday of Bill Forsyth.
November 15, 2012
An offbeat road movie that puts an entertainingly morbid spin on the value of learning to appreciate one's situation - however miserable it might at first seem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
November 16, 2012
It's thoroughly original, which nowadays counts for a lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Scotsman
November 25, 2012
Zam Salim's wry, dry dramedy envisions purgatory as a grindingly slow bureaucracy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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