Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Always hard-hitting and often grimly, revealingly satirical.
  2. 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. Reviewed by: Achy Obejas
    88
    All of these folks are damaged souls, trying their best to find purpose and forgiveness.
User Score
7.0

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
    6
    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 »