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Based on 36 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A fiercely funny human comedy with jokes that sting and leave marks. show more

  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Wondrous performances. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The primary upside to The Upside of Anger is the presence of Joan Allen in the lead role. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Joan Allen, for whom the role was written, combines severity, which she has often played before, with such levity and verve that she lifts the whole film on the wings of Terry's wrath. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Binder has written himself a scene-stealing supporting role as Shep, sleazeball producer. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    In making such an appealing movie about characters who are usually swept under the Hollywood rug, Binder does us all a service. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Allen turns the character into a tour de force that unleashes an unexpected comedy about compassion and self-loathing. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 88
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    Original, unfailingly entertaining marital-breakup movie. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The Upside of Anger belongs to Joan Allen (for whom director/screenwriter Mike Binder developed the project). show more

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