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June 24, 2006
l, yet the movie's There's spiky humour and ample breathing room for the material, yet the movie's rather too intent on parading its own wisdom.
September 15, 2005
Binder wrote this movie for Joan Allen, and it is her flinty performance that gives the undertaking what claim it has to success.
May 14, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 2, 2005
Mike Binder's femme-dominated domestic drama hooks the viewer immediately, and is flecked with enough bitterly comic touches to make this an easy-to-digest variation of an angst-ridden tale.
April 2, 2005
The actors tune in to their individual characters perfectly, but this is Allen's show.
March 25, 2005
Standard-issue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 18, 2005
What's best about Upside is its gonzo-sitcom craziness, a situation that lends itself to enjoyable performances.
March 18, 2005
It feels like a retread of several better movies, with a nastier, more bitter edge.
March 18, 2005
Though this is not the type of serious film likely to win many awards, Allen gives one of her best performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2005
The characters are actually believable, and the messes they get into approximate real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2005
Perfectly adult, perfectly acted and perfectly adorable, it surprises and charms for most of those 90 minutes.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 18, 2005
Despite Denny's sturdy support, The Upside of Anger belongs to Terry.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 18, 2005
Meant to explore anger, all this picture does is manufacture it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 18, 2005
One seriously enjoyable film, filled with laughs and recognizable situations and people you might know or like to know.
Read More | Original Score: B+
March 18, 2005
Allen, who is without doubt one of the best actors of her era, gets to go places she has never before gone, while Costner gets to remind us exactly what it was we were drawn to in Bull Durham.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2005
It stands as a strong piece of comic filmmaking, elevated by Allen's acid-laced performance and Costner's shambling charm.
Read More | Original Score: B+
March 18, 2005
Allen gets to the heart of the movie's humor without ever winking.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2005
I liked these characters precisely because they were not designed to be likable -- or, more precisely, because they were likable in spite of being exasperating, unorganized, self-destructive and impervious to good advice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 18, 2005
Binder is too facile an observer to get anywhere near the complexities of a house full of women -- instead, Terry is a prickly goddess, and the daughters are an assortment of muses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 17, 2005
It feels like a bloated Lifetime TV movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 17, 2005
This is a movie that rests on its two leads. Allen and Costner play their parts like injured predators licking each other's wounds. They are magnificent, and they are healing.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 17, 2005
The film is full of emotional truth, and it gives Allen, at long last, the star vehicle she so richly deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 17, 2005
A smart, funny, yet, at the same time, unrelenting look at what happens when a midlife slump collides with a midlife crisis.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 17, 2005
Allen and Costner get to flirt and fool around and distract us from the rest of the movie. They're doing it a favor.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 11, 2005
Throughout her career, Allen has often been the best thing in lesser pictures. How refreshing to see a movie rise to her capabilities.
March 11, 2005
A wonderful, sophisticated romantic comedy about the resilience of love in the face of competing emotions.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 11, 2005
This is no Terms of Endearment.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 10, 2005
Allen is one of the most reliable American actresses, and her intelligence and wit raise the quality of a movie that often feels as if it belongs on the Lifetime cable network.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 10, 2005
A squarely suburban movie with a distinctly bourgeois-shaped window on the world, but it's genuine and exceptionally well observed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 10, 2005
The Upside of Anger is the upside of Allen.
March 10, 2005
Offers a lot of smart dialogue and six nicely developed characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 10, 2005
The upside of Mike Binder's deeply flawed attempt to marry midlife romantic comedy with domestic farce is two nearly perfect performances by Joan Allen and Kevin Costner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 10, 2005
An emotional reality check that is profound, laugh-out-loud funny, articulate and shattering.
March 10, 2005
The film is carried by Costner and Allen, who project a chemistry so incrementally built on reluctant camaraderie, they almost seem like siblings.
March 10, 2005
The movies haven't rewarded Allen's formidable talent with a star turn that cuts her loose and unfurls her resources. Until now.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 9, 2005
Costner and Allen show you what it means not just to play a role but to inhabit it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 7, 2005
The film has exhausted itself with fits of glib hysteria long before its truly stupefying final twist, a stunning betrayal of audience trust.
March 7, 2005
Costner's funny and sincere in a role that winks at his many previous baseball movies. And Joan Allen brings home the kind of performance that wins awards.
January 27, 2005
A fiercely funny human comedy with jokes that sting and leave marks.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4