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  • Summary: Terry Wolfmeyer (Allen) is a suburban wife and mother whose life takes an unusual turn when her husband unexpectedly disappears. Struggling to deal with his sudden absence, Terry finds herself increasingly at odds with her four headstrong daughters and regularly drowning her anger in alcohol, until she develops an offbeat relationship with her next-door neighbor, Denny (Costner). (New Line Cinema) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. 100
    I liked these characters precisely because they were not designed to be likable -- or, more precisely, because they were likable in spite of being exasperating, unorganized, self-destructive and impervious to good advice.
  2. 88
    Original, unfailingly entertaining marital-breakup movie.
  3. If Allen owns The Upside of Anger, she is generous enough to loan it to Costner, who, despite the dim, glazed eyes, is more alive here than he's been in years.
  4. The film never earns the irony of the title or offers anything profound in its observations of fractured family dynamics in an atmosphere of lingering resentment, but Allen and Costner enrich and elevate the film and give the growth of their characters a hard-earned gravitas.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    The primary upside to The Upside of Anger is the presence of Joan Allen in the lead role.
  6. 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.
  7. 20
    The film has exhausted itself with fits of glib hysteria long before its truly stupefying final twist, a stunning betrayal of audience trust.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 38
  2. Negative: 12 out of 38