“Impeccably groomed and with a ready answer to almost any remark anyone can throw at him, George Clooney owns his role of Ryan Bingham in the way first-rate film stars can, so infusing the character with his own persona that everything he does seems natural and right. The timing in his scenes with Vera Farmiga is like splendid tennis, with each player surprising the other with shots but keeping the rally going to breathtaking duration.” — from Todd McCarthy‘s Variety review of Up In The Air, posted just after 6 pm eastern.

Here also is a stone-skimming reaction by THR “Risky Business” columnist Jay A. Fernandez.