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Breaking Upwards
Their marriage turning stifling after just four years, a young New York couple attempts to escape their ennui by carefully strategizing their own breakup. Blurring the lines between fiction and reality, real-life couple Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones star as themselves in order to offer an unguarded exploration of young love, lust, and the hardships of codependency. By exploring alternatives to monogamy, creating arbitrary rules for their relationship, and doing everything in their power to avoid getting emotionally bruised, Daryl and Zoe attempt to discover a means of growing apart,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Scenes meant to play as breezy and hip are more often just annoying."
‑ Tom Russo, Boston Globe
"While Alex Bergman's photography is often impressive, Wein's editing has the short attention span of a Hollywood movie, without the accompanying cocaine rush."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Wein's debut feature is kind of a mess: he withholds and warps the emotions of the main characters till there's little sympathy to be had. But though this tactic is usually enough to derail a film, it works here..."
‑ Michael C. Walsh, Boston Phoenix
"As with most films about young love won and lost, Breaking Upwards comes from a place of genuine pain, honesty, and most importantly, delusion."
‑ Janos Gereben, Entertainment Insiders
"centers around a pair of three-dimensional, neurotic, interesting characters and has a strong, certain rhythm that sets it apart."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Breaking Upwards has its amusing and touching moments, but we're left wondering just what we're supposed to make of it all."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Much ado about a very rote situation, with a hammy excess of New York Jewish shtick (lead offender: Andrea Martin as Zoe's kvetching mom)."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Whiny and self-indulgent."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"A comfy, up-tempo view of the New York indie-verse that has strong regional flourish, feeling less like a glamour shot of NY and more like a view of the city that never sleeps from a well worn studio with a big bed."
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Boxoffice Magazine
"Makes one yet again wonder why filmmakers continually attempt to create art that will last out of relationships that didn't."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"Comes knocking at the door like a wolf in sheep's clothing, draping reality in a fictional romantic comedy about a twentysomething NYC couple named Daryl and Zoe whose relationship is coming apart."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"Watching this movie is no more interesting than talking to any random New York couple about what makes them tick."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Yes, it's a little low-budget loopy. But that's part of its charm. Zoe Lister-Jones and Daryl Wein explore new relationship-ending methods with wry indie flare."
‑ Clint O'Connor, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"heads and tails above the rest of the "New York Hipsters in Love" movies that have come out lately."
‑ Christopher Null,
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