Up and Down


Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27

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  1. Always hard-hitting and often grimly, revealingly satirical.
  2. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Foreign films can be as enchanting as ever, and perspective-expanding too. The latest proof is Up and Down, a wonderfully funny, giddily intricate Czech comedy.
  3. Up and Down captures Prague life with a fervor that's comical but a longing that's serious; no one is easy to pigeonhole.
  4. 90
    A powerful Czech drama with comic flourishes.
  5. 90
    This fluidly paced film, with its keen observation of the confused longing for love, family and stability in an inherently unstable world, nonetheless keeps faith with the Czech genius for holding the tonal line between tragedy and the absurd.
  6. Ought to gain some viewers here with its dark sense of humor and stylish cinematography by Jan Malir. Director Jan Hrebejk names Mike Leigh as an influence, but frankly he's way cooler.
  7. 88
    All of these folks are damaged souls, trying their best to find purpose and forgiveness.
  8. It's agreeable to see a picture that holds us without perspiring to do so. We are treated not as an audience but as café chums to whom a story is being told
  9. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    A vibrant, immediate treatise on love and cultural identity in a complex new world of fluid borders and deep suspicions in the stunning new Czech drama Up and Down.
  10. It skips from buoyant satire to domestic melodrama, leaving behind a curious mix of emotions.
  11. Accomplished and affecting art house fare.
  12. Buoyed by an unreserved humanism and a cheerful sense of the absurd.
  13. Provocative and entertaining.
  14. Haunting little film, whose chaotic universe is churned up by the conflict between the haves and the have-nots.
  15. 75
    The result is an absorbing look at a country still struggling to adjust more than a decade after the fall of communism.
  16. Absurdity and poignancy merge in the carefully observed Czech film Up and Down.
  17. 75
    Lacks any formulas or solutions, and is content to show us its complicated characters, their tangled lives, and the way that our need to love and be loved can lead us in opposite directions.
  18. 75
    An accomplished film that uses dark humor to leaven its serious topics.
  19. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The film bears a resemblance to such multicharacter dramas as Robert Altman's ''Short Cuts" and Paul Thomas Anderson's ''Magnolia" -- like them, it's a portrait of a society straining at the seams -- but it manages the neat trick of being both charming and bilious.
  20. 70
    Up and Down is not exactly the toughest movie on the block, but especially compared to most American comedies, it conveys a sense of scrofulous rue.
  21. 67
    Has the look and feel of Euro-Altman (vastly superior to Euro-Disney, mind you).
  22. Uneven and erratic and far too busy, its flashes of brilliance dimmed by overambitious meanderings.
  23. 60
    Hrebejk's film remains clear-eyed and satisfyingly complex right to the bitter end.
  24. 60
    Sags into a dreary, humorless family melodrama.
  25. The screenplay is chock-full of political and social observation tarnished by uneven ­acting and editing. The clumsy humor doesn't translate well.

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. MarcK.
    Dec 6, 2005
    The very high MetaCritic rating led me to believe this would be a much better film than it turned out to be. Also, while this movie may have The very high MetaCritic rating led me to believe this would be a much better film than it turned out to be. Also, while this movie may have had comedic moments, I certainly wouldn't have classified it as a comedy. It is definitely more substantive and thought-provoking. It's just not all that spectacular. Full Review »