• Released
  • March 8, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • NR , 1 hr 15 min
  • Comedy
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100

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Byington excels at turning the edict that time waits for no one into a sensory experience. No matter how sly it gets, Somebody Up There Likes Me still retains that fundamental truth.
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89

Austin Chronicle

Somebody is nihilistic, misanthropic, and weirdly relaxing. I've never seen anything like it.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

Despite knowingly blank performances and a heavily ironic tone, the story ultimately accumulates emotional gravity, ending with a sardonic refection on the seasonal cycle of life that is worthy of a Kurt Vonnegut or Joseph Heller novel. Tragedy is comedy. Comedy is tragedy. So it goes.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Mark Olsen
The film has a sarcastic tone, like that of a friend who you never can tell is kidding or not, which eventually breaks through into a place of unexpected sincerity. Meeting this odd, idiosyncratic "Somebody" is a rare delight.
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75

The Playlist

By William Goss
Each scene is a brisk vignette of deadpan reversal, often involving a running theme of miscommunication.
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70

Village Voice

The whole thing comes off as a fairy tale bordering on hallucination, perhaps the vision of life that passes before the eyes at death.
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63

Slant Magazine

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.
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60

The New York Times

By Neil Genzlinger
It’s all kind of cute. Maybe a little too cute, but it does have a nice circle-of-life ending. And along the way, Mr. Byington shows a knack for observational humor, slipping in sly jokes that force you to keep paying attention despite the slim plot. Droll and interesting; just not very substantial.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The actors hold our attention, and there’s something to be said for the guys’ pathological disconnect. But the movie itself is too disconnected to say it.
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40

Time Out New York

The time-killing universe Byington has created makes sure we never forget how absurd he thinks the whole movie is. Fun for him, perhaps.
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58 out of 100
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