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Based on 10 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 20
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Glatzer's self-consciously quirky indie is misguided on every level. show more

  • 10
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A turgid mess of a film that has a lot of ideas on its mind, none of which prove very interesting or in fact coherent. show more

  • NA
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Nothing in this movie is properly focused; everyone keeps talking about a character whom we never meet and does not matter; the tone keeps slipping around from indolent satire to thudding sincerity, and the Challenger shuttle disaster backdrop is queasy-making at best, offensive at worst. show more

  • 60
    Andrew O'Hehir

    Director and co-writer Jonathan Glatzer handles his talented cast well, and the movie is dark, droll and sentimental in roughly the correct proportions. Worth a look. show more

  • 30
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    Even when Mr. Coogan can't make his scenes work, his prickly presence keeps you watching, as does the eerie scenes of winter that Mr. Glatzer captures with the camera. show more

  • 30
    J.R. Jones Chicago Reader

    The thesis-driven story precludes much dramatic discovery, and the looming shuttle disaster only exacerbates the sense of heavy-handedness. show more

  • 20
    Brian Lowry Variety

    A pointless and pretentious drama. show more

  • 10
    Los Angeles Times

    Glatzer aims to wring laughter out of this desperation but succeeds only in producing a series of contrived characters and situations that make "The Breakfast Club" look like an unfiltered documentary. show more

  • NA
    Village Voice

    This is rock bottom: I've seen a lot of terrible movies in the line of duty, but What Goes Up might be the only genuinely unreleasable one. show more

  • 58
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    What Goes Up has a one-of-a-kind character in Coogan, a cynic with a savior complex, who lies partly out of convenience, and partly because he knows--as Glatzer and Lawson know--that even a messy story can still inspire. show more

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