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  • Summary: Breaking Upwards' follows a young, real-life New York couple in a fictional narrative loosely inspired by their open relationship. After four years together, the two have grown stifled. Desperate to escape their ennui, but fearful of life apart, they decide to intricately strategize their own break up. Based on an actual experiment in real-life devised by filmmakers and partners, Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones, the film interprets a year in their lives exploring alternatives to monogamy, and the madness that ensues. The couple inhabits a hyper-articulate, emotionally layered world where twenty-somethings are portrayed in a complex and thoughtful new light. An uncensored look at young love, lust, and the pangs of codependency, 'Breaking Upwards' follows its characters as they navigate each others' emotions across the city they love. It begs the question: is it ever possible to grow apart together? (IFC Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. The film bears an undeniable stamp of authenticity in its depiction of the romantic crisis suffered by two twentysomethings in New York's ever picturesque Greenwich Village.
  2. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    A low-budget romantic comedy that's smart and lively and, in the end, quite affecting.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    The semi-autobiographical, microbudgeted Breaking Upwards is indeed precious. But it's also smart, witty and less self-absorbed than you might reasonably expect.
  4. 60
    That whole meta-biographical aspect doesn't bug me much because everybody who's ever written or directed a romantic comedy is drawing on their own emotional experience; this one's just a little more obvious about it.
  5. The way the film handles relationships has a similarly light but lived in air to it as well.
  6. Fitfully amusing, mostly annoying rom-com.
  7. 25
    Their conversation is so insipid that watching this movie is no more interesting than talking to any random New York couple about what makes them tick.

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  1. Nov 4, 2012
    Funny, original, and resonating. It goes from being damn funny to incredible poignant in a heartbeat, but it works really well thanks to the performances from the two main actors. Expand