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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's all kind of cute. Maybe a little too cute, but it does have a nice circle-of-life ending."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"American cinema has been churning out slacker movies for what seems like eons, so it's refreshing to report that Somebody Up There Likes Me enlivens the genre with a welcome breath of imagination, wit and charm."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"This isn't mumblecore, but it isn't slapstick, either. File under mumblestick, perhaps?"
‑ Christopher Null, Film Racket
"Deadpan absurdity and an insistently whimsical score only add to the cookie-cutter feel, but the performances are appealing enough."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Bob Byington's perspective may be above it all, but that doesn't quite account for the shades of melancholy that pop up unexpectedly in lines of dialogue and in some of the performances."
‑ Kenji Fujishima, Slant Magazine
"The film itself is so charming that you almost forget to ask whether these people truly deserve our empathy."
‑ Ted Scheinman, Village Voice
"The film itself is so charming that you almost forget to ask whether these people truly deserve our empathy."
‑ Ted Scheinman, L.A. Weekly
"It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but this mixture of magical realism and bittersweet absurdity benefits from a consistency of vision and a genuinely unusual storytelling approach."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Somebody is nihilistic, misanthropic, and weirdly relaxing. I've never seen anything like it."
‑ Leah Churner, Austin Chronicle
"The film never quite comes together enough to get over the sense that it's a comedy made by people who think they're too cool to laugh but it comes close."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
"The time-killing universe Byington has created makes sure we never forget how absurd he thinks the whole movie is. Fun for him, perhaps."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Time Out New York
"Words such as offbeat, charming or, Lord help us, quirky are wildly overused and yet this is exactly the kind of film to which they best apply."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"An easy going family comedy featuring odd people who turn out to be just like us."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Somebody Up There Likes Me is a poignant and at times trying work of personal art that will likely mean different things to different people. Like its director, it seems to reflect more than it reveals."
‑ Matthew Odam, Austin American-Statesman
"Somebody Up There Likes Me is an entertaining film with a strong artistic exertion and a resilient attention to detail, making for a memorable seventy-five minutes thanks to its outlandish quirk and well-defined characters."
‑ Caitlin Colford, Paste Magazine
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