The Upside of Anger
The Upside of Anger (2005)

A sharp-witted suburban wife, Terry Wolfmeyer, is left to raise her four headstrong daughters when her husband unexpectedly disappears. Things get even more hectic when she falls for her neighbor Denny, a once-great baseball star turned… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 11, 2005
DVD Release Date: July 26, 2005
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A comedy/ drama for grown-ups, with fine performances by Joan Allen and Kevin Costner.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

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.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

The actors tune in to their individual characters perfectly, but this is Allen's show.

Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

A late twist renders all this sturm und drang a tad redundant, but until then anger keeps it alive.

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Jonathan F. Richards

Binder wrote this movie for Joan Allen, and it is her flinty performance that gives the undertaking what claim it has to success.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Upside is better-than-average as a mid-budget suburban film dramedy but positively gangbusters if you imagine it as a two-hour television pilot.

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Todd McCarthy

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.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

What's best about Upside is its gonzo-sitcom craziness, a situation that lends itself to enjoyable performances.

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

The screwiness feels patterned and arbitrary. There's little Upside here.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
I really quite liked ths movie, it was a beautiful storyline and brilliantly acted as well! Its funny, dramatic sad and a powerful drama that really is… More
Nani Vang
Lovely film!
Jennifer Xu
Whoa, SO not what I was expecting but surprisingly funny and touching at the strangest parts! Joan Allen is certainly a marvel, and the rest of the female… More
Roy Gutteridge
Compelling and honest with flashes of dark humour which makes this a meaty comedy drama.
Alice Shen
Joan Allen is rock-awesome and ending is totally boss...BUT everything preceding it kinda sucked ass. Script is full of what Binder thought was clever at the… More
Red Lats
Yet another feel-good movie. Terry (Joan Allen) is left to fend for herself and raise four daughters when her husband disappears. Her neighbour and fellow… More