Metascore
22

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 8 out of 10
  1. Even when Mr. Coogan can't make his scenes work, his prickly presence keeps you watching, as does the eerie scenes of winter that Mr. Glatzer captures with the camera.
  2. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    10
    A turgid mess of a film that has a lot of ideas on its mind, none of which prove very interesting or in fact coherent.
  3. Nothing in this movie is properly focused; everyone keeps talking about a character whom we never meet and does not matter; the tone keeps slipping around from indolent satire to thudding sincerity, and the Challenger shuttle disaster backdrop is queasy-making at best, offensive at worst.
  4. Glatzer's self-consciously quirky indie is misguided on every level.
  5. 30
    The thesis-driven story precludes much dramatic discovery, and the looming shuttle disaster only exacerbates the sense of heavy-handedness.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    20
    A pointless and pretentious drama.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Whipp
    10
    Glatzer aims to wring laughter out of this desperation but succeeds only in producing a series of contrived characters and situations that make "The Breakfast Club" look like an unfiltered documentary.
  8. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    0
    This is rock bottom: I've seen a lot of terrible movies in the line of duty, but What Goes Up might be the only genuinely unreleasable one.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. bentlyh
    Jul 13, 2009
    10
    Creative and a very good movie. i enjoyed it.
  2. ashleyj
    Jul 13, 2009
    10
    I liked this movie. it was messy and had too many things going on to the point where i was confused but, hey, it rocked!
  3. brandyh
    Jul 13, 2009
    10
    Ok, it was weird and not the best movie, but I enjoyed it. I think Hilary Duff did very well, at least out of them all. But still, it was a Ok, it was weird and not the best movie, but I enjoyed it. I think Hilary Duff did very well, at least out of them all. But still, it was a movie i"d watch again. Full Review »