There is no way anyone could be UP IN THE AIR about Jason Reitman’s latest movie. Funny and poignant all at the same time. A classic of the genre. Anyone who’s been part of a layoff can recognize any of these characters. This is some of George Clooney’s best work.. right up there with Michael Clayton. His corporate hatchet-man is an executioner with a heart. Bateman, Farmiga and Kendrick are outstanding. One of the year’s best! — Alan Yudman

Contrived but classy, long but engaging, UP IN THE AIR has a soaring performance by George Clooney. But the real surprise here is Vera Farmiga, so forgettable in The Departed, yet here reborn as a movie star. Alas, even the great Jason Bateman can only do so much with a one-dimensional role. Still, kudos for the eclectic score and use of songs — and to Jason Reitman for giving the proceedings such gloss. — Jeff Schultz

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