What Goes Up
What Goes Up (2009)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: May 29, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
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Critic Score: 16% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: What Goes Up squanders the charisma of Steve Coogan with a lazy screenplay, contrived plotting, and overall poor production.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

About as cruddy as a cruddy little indie can get, especially given a cast that should've known better.

Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

I never know quite what they were saying about heroism and then there are all these unanswered questions.

S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

High school drama tale is too edgy for young teens.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

Ben Lyons
At the Movies

The film really struggles to find its voice and to find purpose and meaning.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

O humor melancólico estabelecido pelo estreante Glatzer funciona na maior parte do tempo, sendo beneficiado ainda pela impecável performance de Coogan.

Andrew O'Hehir

Director and co-writer Jonathan Glatzer handles his talented cast well, and the movie is dark, droll and sentimental in roughly the correct proportions.

Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times

[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.

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

An epic dramedy of teenage angst that is too much drama and not enough comedy for Steve Coogan's good.

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Flixster Audience Score: 31% Flixster User Reviews
Curtis Lilly
Tries pretty hard to be weird, but a lot of the characters seemed pretty pointless and their actions unmerrited.