The Upside of Anger
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Two friends wonder if there might be more between them when their lives both take a left turn in this romantic comedy. Terry (Joan Allen) is a middle-aged housewife and mother of four teenaged daughters and gets the shock of her life when her husband, without a word of warning, leaves them behind, presumably to move to Sweden with his secretary. Going through a bender of depression and alcohol, Terry finds herself commiserating with Denny (Kevin Costner), a former baseball star turned unenthusiastic radio personality who was her husband's colleague and friend and an occasional presence at… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"l, yet the movie's There's spiky humour and ample breathing room for the material, yet the movie's rather too intent on parading its own wisdom."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"The actors tune in to their individual characters perfectly, but this is Allen's show."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"The screwiness feels patterned and arbitrary. There's little Upside here."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Writer/director/actor Mike Binder (writer on HBO's "The Mind Of The Married Man") is to blame for this melodramatic game of Three Card Monte."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Not half bad, though only half good."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Binder wrote this movie for Joan Allen, and it is her flinty performance that gives the undertaking what claim it has to success."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"No actress has neck muscles like Joan Allen - able to gracefully reach upward or, here, stiffly twist into a double helix of tension and anxiety. It's not simply witty repartee and good chemistry. It's about comfortable situations that can't really last."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"The Upside of Anger is a sharply written, insightful and enjoyable film with many layers."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Engaging, brilliantly directed, frequently funny and ultimately moving drama with a terrific script and superb performances from Allen and Costner."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Mike Binder's femme-dominated domestic drama hooks the viewer immediately, and is flecked with enough bitterly comic touches to make this an easy-to-digest variation of an angst-ridden tale."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"What's best about Upside is its gonzo-sitcom craziness, a situation that lends itself to enjoyable performances."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Binder's writing is matched by the top-notch talents on display here."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Always more than a mere by-numbers domestic drama, The Upside of Anger is desperately, darkly funny, with dialogue to, er, die for, and a perfect cast."
‑ Anton Bitel,
"Very watchable."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
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