The Upside Reviews

January 17, 2019
For the most part, [Hart] is more subdued than usual and aiming to hit deeper notes - call it Hart-felt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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 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 11, 2019
Cranston and Hart are surprisingly good together. Their chemistry goes a long way to making up for the many implausibilities in the story and the presence of several extraneous subplots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
January 11, 2019
It runs two hours and five minutes, which in my opinion is two hours too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 11, 2019
What's needed between the two is electricity, and spontaneous warmth, not chemistry by the numbers in a movie so addicted to milking that it should have been set in a dairy.
January 11, 2019
It's a film that contains complicated, sad, interesting ideas rarely expressed on screen... but whose package is fundamentally unsuited to showcase those ideas, like a sweater with the holes in all the wrong places.
January 11, 2019
The suggestion -- even in a crowd-pleasing comedy -- that America's racial divides can be bridged by Pavarotti and a joint is downright Stone Age.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 11, 2019
The Upside somehow overrides its own flaws because of the two lead performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 11, 2019
As part of its story, The Upside strives to make the case that opera is worth loving; it might have done well to borrow from the pathos and passion that help make it so.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 11, 2019
This feel-good dramedy falls headfirst into all its clichés. Unsurprisingly, "The Upside" is saved by Bryan Cranston - and also, surprisingly, by Kevin Hart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 11, 2019
Adapting the French script by Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, writer Jon Hartmere and director Neil Burger smooth over the more stereotypical elements of this mismatched pair, turning the story into a tasteful buddy pic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 10, 2019
All the hijinks and bonding go down like warm honey as long as you don't consider this film as any sort of authentic present-day statement on American racial dynamics.
January 10, 2019
Among other problems, the overlong story is stuffed with unnecessary and momentum-blocking detours...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 10, 2019
The clichés are stacked up like skyscrapers in "The Upside," the affable and soft-peddled story of a billionaire quadriplegic and the street-smart ex-con who teaches him how to live.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 10, 2019
"The Upside" was probably never going to be a good movie, but it needn't have been such an unfortunate, spectacularly ill-timed one, the victim of circumstances it ultimately has neither the wit nor the imagination to transcend.
January 10, 2019
A repetitive series of artificially inflated character conflicts and tossed-off resolutions, interspersed with slapstick and jokes about prissy rich snobs, ultimately adding up to far less than the sum of its well-worn parts.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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 10, 2019
French cinema has a lot going for it, but the one thing Americans do best is story. And so "Intouchables," now "The Upside," has a story that finally works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 10, 2019
Despite the plentitude of opera and Aretha, there just isn't much here that soars and thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 10, 2019
Catheter humor is a big laugh-getter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 10, 2019
A hollow replica of its source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 10, 2019
Jon Hartmere's script has genuinely funny moments and is blessedly short on crassness: even a scene involving catheters and colon hygiene is less cringey than you might expect.
January 9, 2019
In other words, Kevin Hart's Dell is a stereotype; even worse, a stereotype with no other purpose than to illuminate the humanity of his white counterpart.
January 8, 2019
Few films in memory have squandered so much acting talent in such a cliche-ridden, exploitative and dishonest way. It deserves its frozen grave.
September 12, 2017
No surprises here, folks; just half-hearted punchlines and unadventurous sentimentality readymade for marketplace consumption.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 11, 2017
No matter how heartening the performances are, how hard Hart and Cranston work to make us forget about the transparent blueprint design of the narrative, ultimately, the film makes one feel queasy.
September 11, 2017
[Bryan] Cranston and [Kevin] Hart fight tooth and nail to keep the film as charming as possible, though, with Hart going to particularly impressive lengths. It almost works, until you remember it shouldn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 9, 2017
There's something so disarming about Phillip and Dell's relationship that you're gradually sucked into it without asking too many questions.
September 9, 2017
So little has been done to update or refresh "The Intouchables" for American culture or a new audience that "The Upside" has no integrity as a separate piece of work.