What Goes Up Reviews

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November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
June 15, 2009
An epic dramedy of teenage angst that is too much drama and not enough comedy for Steve Coogan's good.
June 10, 2009
The film opens chaotically, perhaps randomly, and it never finds its proper footing. Most movies take their sweet time to reveal incompetence. What Goes Up boldly advertises it within the first 60 seconds.
June 5, 2009
About as cruddy as a cruddy little indie can get, especially given a cast that should've known better.
June 5, 2009
The whole thing feels like a premeditated attempt at a Sundance sensation, a mix of cast members (and ideas) from Juno and Hamlet 2 spiced up with the now obligatory '80s references.
June 1, 2009
I never know quite what they were saying about heroism and then there are all these unanswered questions.
June 1, 2009
The film really struggles to find its voice and to find purpose and meaning.
May 31, 2009
Has a charismatic performance by Steve Coogan, but that's not nearly enough to save it from drowning from its bland, awkward and lazy screenplay that fails to generate any real laughs or palpable dramatic tension.
May 29, 2009
A rambling, self-serious and chronically unfocused look at '80s-era small town America and the socio-psychological anguish of disaffected youth.
May 29, 2009
[Director] 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.
May 29, 2009
An unusually subdued Coogan does his best, but this is the kind of pretentious nonsense he usually satirizes.
May 29, 2009
Mr. Coogan doesn't seem altogether comfortable with his part, which, like the story, undergoes a number of unconvincing changes.
May 29, 2009
Such a confused, convoluted, odd piece of cinema that I almost recommend seeing it just because it is so very unusual.
Top Critic
May 29, 2009
May 28, 2009
a mess of a movie
May 28, 2009
While it's often as amateurish as it is assured, Glatzer and writer Robert Lawson want to convey so much that the sheer breadth of the movie means they hit a few of their targets.
May 28, 2009
Muted and never moving, instead finding no insight while dragging its feet along a variety of forced quirks.
May 27, 2009
With its flat-footed script and poor production values, What Goes Up is a movie to be endured rather than enjoyed.
May 27, 2009
In the current rut of similarly titled films with aspirations of altitude ("Up," "Away We Go"), "What Goes Up" is an especially loathsome case of entropy.
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