Somebody Up There Likes Me

Metascore
58

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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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Feb 1, 2013
    100
    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
    89
    Somebody is nihilistic, misanthropic, and weirdly relaxing. I've never seen anything like it.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Mar 14, 2013
    80
    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
    80
    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
    75
    Each scene is a brisk vignette of deadpan reversal, often involving a running theme of miscommunication.
  6. Reviewed by: Ted Scheinman
    Mar 26, 2013
    70
    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
    63
    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.
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  1. Nov 18, 2013
    8
    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 »