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After getting Oscar attention for JUNO, director Jason Reitman turns to this adaptation of Walter Kirn's comic novel. Academy Award-winner George Clooney stars as Ryan Bingham, a businessman on the verge of reaching five million frequent flyer miles when his company decides to cut back on travel. But his goal isn't the only thing just out of reach: he now won't be able to see a fellow frequent traveler (THE DEPARTED's Vera Farmiga) who has caught his eye.
Number of Discs: 1
Rating: R (MPAA)
Film Country: USA
5 stars out of 5 -- "UP IN THE AIR has got genuine movie star wattage working on all cylinders....Director and co-writer Jason Reitman follows up his Oscar-nominated work on JUNO with this sharp, funny, perceptive comedy that represents his most mature and personal work to date."
Box Office - Pete Hammond (09/06/2009)
"Boasting one of George Clooney's strongest performances, the film seems like a surefire awards contender....It seduces with some of the most darkly hilarious moments to grace the screen in years."
Hollywood Reporter - Stephen Farber (09/06/2009)
"This is movie-star acting of the sort no one else today can bring off. Clooney and Vera Farmiga, as Ryan's sexy counterpart in corporate travel, are great together..."
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (10/02/2009)
"[UP IN THE AIR] is a step forward -- both in the way it gets the very best out of actors and in its ability to make things funny without sacrificing honesty and intelligence."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (12/04/2009)
4 stars out of 4 -- "Artfully blending a breezy, blithe spirit with a darker social satire, UP IN THE AIR has one of the year's sharpest scripts and an exceptional cast."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (12/04/2009)
"One of the pleasures of UP IN THE AIR is that its actresses -- including Anna Kendrick, who plays Bingham's colleague Natalie -- share the frame with Mr. Clooney as equals, not props."
New York Times - Manohla Dargis (12/04/2009)
"[T]he brilliance of the central performance is its expansiveness....[Clooney] creates a contemporary character we haven't seen before, a blithely self-ironic spirit who knows, but doesn't care, that a crucial piece of himself has gone missing."
Wall Street Journal (12/04/2009)
4 stars out of 4 -- "UP IN THE AIR takes the trust people once had in their jobs and pulls out the rug. It is a film for this time."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (12/01/2009)
"[A] smart, alert, supremely entertaining movie featuring Clooney at his suavest..."
Washington Post (12/04/2009)
"Jason Reitman's direction nicely translates the seductive appeal of sterile public places while letting the assured performances do much of the work." -- Grade: B
A.V. Club - Keith Phipps (12/03/2009)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "UP IN THE AIR is a defining movie for these perilous times....The best and boldest American comedy of the year."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (12/10/2009)
Included in Entertainment Weekly's "The Best Films Of The Year" -- "In UP IN THE AIR, Reitman catches the mood of a new America..."
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (12/25/2009)
Included in Los Angeles Times's "Best Films Of 2009" -- "[A]n extremely satisfying flight of fancy where emotion and insight, comedy and drama were always in balance."
Los Angeles Times - Betsy Sharkey (12/20/2009)
Ranked #2 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2009" -- "George Clooney does his best acting to date..."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (12/24/2009)
4 stars out of 5 -- "Witty, pertinent and moving, this is a sophisticated treat from a director who gets exponentially better with every picture."
Total Film - Neil Smith (12/21/2009)
Ranked #3 in USA Today's "Top Ten Films Of 2009."
USA Today - USA Today Critic (12/31/2009)
4 stars out of 5 -- "While, certainly, capable of a dark humour and moments of extraordinary bleakness, it's also commendable for another superb performance from Clooney."
Uncut - Michael Bonner (01/15/2010)
5 stars out of 5 -- "[Reitman] is able to maintain that toughest of balances: the lightly profound, an unfussy, impeccably performed, romantic entertainment able to say something important about its times."
Empire - Ian Nathan (01/08/2010)