Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
Watch On
  1. 60
    The film's outsized ambitions are deceptive: Everything here is less than meets the eye.
  2. A seriously flawed movie wrapped around two nearly perfect performances.
  3. Reviewed by: Bob Westal
    60
    A reasonably intelligent timekiller.
  4. The two leading actors in The Upside of Anger are so good that their performances, even more than the story they are in, keep us interested.
  5. What's lacking in The Upside of Anger is a steady sense that we're watching real people cope with real, jolting emotions.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    A climactic twist that's among the stupidest I've ever seen-almost up there with another Costner movie, "No Way Out," and "The Life of David Gale."
  7. It's a bizarre but engaging fling.
  8. 50
    It's the men in ''Upside" who speak all the truth.
  9. The two fantastic performances by Allen and Costner that anchor The Upside of Anger are the reason to see this contemporary drama.
  10. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    As contrived and pretentious as its title.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 38
  2. Negative: 12 out of 38
  1. ElaineA.
    Jun 18, 2007
    10
    A selfless performance by Kevin Costner, showing what a versatile actor he is. Wonderful as the stoned has-been baseball player, really A selfless performance by Kevin Costner, showing what a versatile actor he is. Wonderful as the stoned has-been baseball player, really funny, tender and warm. A beautifully understated role. Better than Robert De Niro. Full Review »
  2. ShannonP.
    Jul 9, 2006
    4
    Costner is at his best, delivering a Bull Durham-esque performance and creating a character that is funny and lovable. But the plot twist at Costner is at his best, delivering a Bull Durham-esque performance and creating a character that is funny and lovable. But the plot twist at the end is like being slapped in the face and called an idiot for watching and believing for 90 minutes that this was a decent film. Full Review »
  3. Brenda
    Feb 5, 2006
    7
    I loved the interaction between all the characters, but I just couldn't get past the fact that time goes by, life goes on, and this wife I loved the interaction between all the characters, but I just couldn't get past the fact that time goes by, life goes on, and this wife does not ever attempt to reach her husband? How unrealistic is that!! He would have had to have been some creep of a husband to simply abandon his wife and daughters with nary a word FOR YEARS??? I don't believe she would have been married to such a man. Did it not ever occur to her that something might have happened to him? This part of the storyline ruined the credibility for me. Also if Kevin Kostner's character is so great of a person, why is he making a play so early in the dissolution of his neighbors' marriage? What kind of morals does he have? Full Review »