The Upside Reviews

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January 18, 2019
An easy paycheque for its three stars and an afterthought for those behind the camera, The Upside is a blank nonentity - objectionable in its regard for race, class, disability and good taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 10, 2019
Truly and insidiously offensive. Charles Murray, author of The Bell Curve, would've LOVED this movie which makes America seem as backward as we're often accused of being.
January 11, 2019
The Upside loses the charm of the original French version. A dull and unemotional remake riddled with stereotypes. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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 10, 2019
There are ways to forgive frivolous behavior, but not like this. These characters only exist to perpetuate stereotypes that are apparently unbeknownst to the creators.
Full Review | Original Score: D
January 17, 2019
The Upside to this movie is that you saw the best parts in the trailer
January 10, 2019
What's the bright side to "The Upside?" You'll likely be watching this for free on TBS within 6 months as cannon fodder for a lineup of other oft-forgettable, saccharine affairs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 11, 2019
With hit or miss humor and a cliche story, The Upside has Hart but lacks the heart of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 10, 2019
Cranston and Hart ... do everything they can to find charm, but they're trying to make a pie from rotten fruit. The Upside never should've been made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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 10, 2019
The Upside - a tone deaf, ill timed, and messy comedy - is a film no one: not even Hart, wants right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 11, 2019
There may be an audience of people who are satisfied with The Upside, and find the story of a paralyzed man discovering beauty in the small things in life both original and inspirational, but I'm not one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 11, 2019
"The Upside" ends up letting us down, and even though fingers will justly be pointed at Hart and Weinstein for the baggage they add, Burger has ultimately no one to blame but himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 11, 2019
The Upside is so insubstantial, so insignificant that it's barely even a movie. It's like a spec script that no one bothered to flesh out.
January 10, 2019
The Upside takes any sense of subtlety from the original and blunts it into the thinnest, broadest shape for minimal positive impact.
January 9, 2019
Despite the best efforts of Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, The Upside squanders so much potential during a film that is otherwise a laugh riot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 8, 2019
The tropes are all the more recognisable within an industry dominated by endless feel-good look-glossy comedies, further flattening the singularity of what made Intouchables so special in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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 9, 2019
They focus on the singular positive story between a white man and his first Black friend. Hart and Cranston have great buddy chemistry, but it's not enough to hold up the film.
January 10, 2019
A dull film that doesn't need to exist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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