Somebody Up There Likes Me


Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12

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  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Feb 1, 2013
    Byington excels at turning the edict that time waits for no one into a sensory experience. No matter how sly it gets, Somebody Up There Likes Me still retains that fundamental truth.
  2. Reviewed by: Leah Churner
    Apr 3, 2013
    Somebody is nihilistic, misanthropic, and weirdly relaxing. I've never seen anything like it.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Mar 14, 2013
    The film has a sarcastic tone, like that of a friend who you never can tell is kidding or not, which eventually breaks through into a place of unexpected sincerity. Meeting this odd, idiosyncratic "Somebody" is a rare delight.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    Feb 1, 2013
    Despite knowingly blank performances and a heavily ironic tone, the story ultimately accumulates emotional gravity, ending with a sardonic refection on the seasonal cycle of life that is worthy of a Kurt Vonnegut or Joseph Heller novel. Tragedy is comedy. Comedy is tragedy. So it goes.
  5. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Feb 1, 2013
    Each scene is a brisk vignette of deadpan reversal, often involving a running theme of miscommunication.
  6. Reviewed by: Ted Scheinman
    Mar 26, 2013
    The whole thing comes off as a fairy tale bordering on hallucination, perhaps the vision of life that passes before the eyes at death.
  7. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Mar 25, 2013
    Bob Byington's perspective may be above it all, but that doesn't quite account for the shades of melancholy that pop up unexpectedly in lines of dialogue and in some of the performances.
  8. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mar 28, 2013
    It’s all kind of cute. Maybe a little too cute, but it does have a nice circle-of-life ending. And along the way, Mr. Byington shows a knack for observational humor, slipping in sly jokes that force you to keep paying attention despite the slim plot. Droll and interesting; just not very substantial.
  9. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 30, 2013
    The actors hold our attention, and there’s something to be said for the guys’ pathological disconnect. But the movie itself is too disconnected to say it.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Mar 26, 2013
    The time-killing universe Byington has created makes sure we never forget how absurd he thinks the whole movie is. Fun for him, perhaps.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Mar 6, 2013
    Bob Byington’s fifth feature — his best-known previous film was 2009’s equally gormless "Harmony And Me" — will play like the worst kind of performance art, in which contempt for conventional entertainment functions like a badge of integrity. You have to work pretty damn hard to make Nick Offerman this unfunny.
  12. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Feb 1, 2013
    If nonchalance were an Olympic sport, Max would be a gold medalist, and watching Somebody Up There Likes Me is about as much fun as being a spectator at that event might sound.
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  1. Nov 18, 2013
    A surprisingly enjoyable little gem with plenty of visual gags and fun wordplay. It has its own rhythm that you must give into but if you do,A surprisingly enjoyable little gem with plenty of visual gags and fun wordplay. It has its own rhythm that you must give into but if you do, it rewards with some good laughs. The animated pieces and the soundtrack add to the fun. Full Review »