What Goes Up
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A period comedy set in the 1980s, Jonathan Glatzer's What Goes Up tells the poignant story of a morally challenged New York reporter who connects with a group of high school outcasts while in New Hampshire covering the story of Christa McAuliffe, the first civilian astronaut. Arriving in McAullife's hometown, reporter Campbell Babbitt (Steve Coogan) is distraught to learn that an old college friend has recently committed suicide. Meanwhile, as Babbitt attempts to craft an unsung hero story about his old friend by gravitating toward the teacher's misfit students, local teacher… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 16%

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"About as cruddy as a cruddy little indie can get, especially given a cast that should've known better."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"I never know quite what they were saying about heroism and then there are all these unanswered questions."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"High school drama tale is too edgy for young teens."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"The film opens chaotically, perhaps randomly, and it never finds its proper footing. Most movies take their sweet time to reveal incompetence. What Goes Up boldly advertises it within the first 60 seconds."
‑ Brian Orndorf, DVDTalk.com
"A rambling, self-serious and chronically unfocused look at '80s-era small town America and the socio-psychological anguish of disaffected youth."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"The whole thing feels like a premeditated attempt at a Sundance sensation, a mix of cast members (and ideas) from Juno and Hamlet 2 spiced up with the now obligatory '80s references."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The film really struggles to find its voice and to find purpose and meaning."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"O humor melancólico estabelecido pelo estreante Glatzer funciona na maior parte do tempo, sendo beneficiado ainda pela impecável performance de Coogan."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"What Goes Up is an earnest morality tale. It's very uneven, but it also seems sincere."
‑ Tony Macklin, tonymacklin.net
"Such a confused, convoluted, odd piece of cinema that I almost recommend seeing it just because it is so very unusual."
‑ Brian Tallerico, Movie Retriever
"Director and co-writer Jonathan Glatzer handles his talented cast well, and the movie is dark, droll and sentimental in roughly the correct proportions."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"[Director] Glatzer aims to wring laughter out of this desperation but succeeds only in producing a series of contrived characters and situations that make The Breakfast Club look like an unfiltered documentary."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
"An epic dramedy of teenage angst that is too much drama and not enough comedy for Steve Coogan's good."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Has a charismatic performance by Steve Coogan, but that's not nearly enough to save it from drowning from its bland, awkward and lazy screenplay that fails to generate any real laughs or palpable dramatic tension."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"a mess of a movie"
‑ Jesse Hassenger, Filmcritic.com
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