The Upside Reviews

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January 16, 2019
What this manages to do is to accentuate all the things that were wrong with the original.
January 16, 2019
Regardless of how it compares to its French predecessor, The Upside is a highly watchable film.
January 16, 2019
While Hart and Cranston produce a few sincere moments, Hartmere's script fails to build a strong enough emotional tie between the two to make audiences believe their friendship means much to either of them.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 15, 2019
Hart actually shows some heart here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 15, 2019
It's a struggle to find the bright side to this rather hackneyed film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 14, 2019
It might be better fit for a TV movie of the week than something widely theatrical but there's still something satisfying in seeing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
January 14, 2019
A blob of unflavored Jell-O that you're supposed to find delicious just because it went through the motions.
Full Review | Original Score: D
January 14, 2019
The leads are good and good together. But despite a long run time, other issues are not developed in what is very much a remake and not a reworking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 14, 2019
The Upside is fairly superficial, but warm enough for the studio dumping ground known as January. One could do a lot worse.
January 14, 2019
Forced to work strictly from the neck up, Cranston is just the right amount of gruff; Hart, aside from a deeply unnecessary catheter scene, gives a gratifyingly prickly and vulnerable performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 13, 2019
The Upside of this American remake lies in the charm and chemistry between Hart and Cranston. The downside is that it's way too familiar in its narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 13, 2019
Hart scored major box-office successes with "Jumanji," "Ride Along" and "Central Intelligence." But this time his talents are underserved by a script that fails to generate the same manic humor and heart that have become his trademark.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 13, 2019
Everyone involved will be fine, but the sooner we all move on from this, the better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 13, 2019
Everything that was already wrong with the original film - its sentimentality, its simplicity - is magnified.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 12, 2019
"The Intouchables" is a masterpiece; "The Upside" which is the American version is a very good movie. Hart surprises with his range, and Cranston as always delivers the goods.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 12, 2019
You won't find any surprises, but then again at least The Upside tries to establish itself as its own separate body of schmaltzy cinema ready for mass intake.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 12, 2019
The Upside works for many of the same reasons that The Intouchables worked but, like any echo, it's neither as loud nor as powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
January 12, 2019
Compared with the streamlined Intouchables, the remake feels ungainly, inexpertly suturing together the French source material with Hollywood formula.
January 12, 2019
Hart and Cranston play off each other nicely, and the movie works to the extent it does because they work so well together.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 11, 2019
Nevertheless, The Upside has a downside...its woefully pat look at an unconventional salt-and-pepper friendship in manipulative mode. Predictably cliched, mechanical, and transparently amiable. Thoroughly tedious and tripe...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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