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Up (2009)



Average Rating: 8.7/10
Reviews Counted: 280
Fresh: 275 | Rotten: 5

Another masterful work of art from Pixar, Up is an exciting, hilarious, and heartfelt adventure impeccably crafted and told with wit and depth.


Average Rating: 8.4/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 2

Another masterful work of art from Pixar, Up is an exciting, hilarious, and heartfelt adventure impeccably crafted and told with wit and depth.



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From Disney-Pixar comes "Up," a comedy adventure about 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. But, he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic eight-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell.

Nov 10, 2009


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Funny and poignant and full of life, Up easily qualifies as one of the best movies of the year so far. Go with someone you care about.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source:
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The movie is packed with lovely jokes, some of them funny in inexplicable ways.

June 1, 2009 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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The key to Pixar's success has always been the perfect blend of heart and humor -- and they've certainly done it again here.

June 1, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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This is really special.

June 1, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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An exquisite work of cinematic art that also happens to be the funniest, most touching, most exciting and most entertaining movie released so far this year.

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Its charms appear to have been applied with surgical precision; by the end, I felt expertly sutured, but not much else.
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Up is breathtaking in its imaginative detail and astonishing in its emotional range.

August 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

I challenge you not to tear up.

August 11, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

The first 10 minutes of Pixar's fantastical 3-D animated adventure Up are a sublime testimonial to the purity and magic of the cinema. I know because I was a sobbing basket case by Minute 11.

August 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL)
Daily Herald (IL)

There might not be a more dependable name in all of Hollywood than Pixar, and their tenth animated feature, Up, continues the studio's remarkable hot streak.

August 3, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

What makes Up such a satisfying film is the story of an old man deciding that he still has life left to be lived. And that life is an adventure.

August 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

The glory of Pixar's films as that they touched on universal themes, all the way through, that just happened to also tickle kids. This one starts out that way, and then settles comfortably into being a kids film.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

Quintessential Pixar.

January 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Has more heart and soul in its tiniest pixel than most competitors' movies can boast in their entirety.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source:

The pacing is perfect, the animation looks terrific, the emotional range is wide, and there are a few sly jokes you might not catch the first time around. That's okay; you'll want to see it a second time anyway.

February 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago | Comment (1)
Time Out Chicago

As corny as it sounds, Up soars to new animation heights.

February 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

No matter how you look at it, through the innocent eyes of a child or the wider, wiser worldview of an adult, the bright, buoyant Up brims with imagination, adventure, humor and heart.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

The most successful moments use screenwriter Peterson's rapid-fire witty dialogue and sight gags.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Everything else is up to the studio's usual standard, blending gorgeous and imaginative (but never gimmicky) animation with zippy storytelling, heartfelt sadness and laughs.

April 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

You never know what you're going to get with this sort of thing, if people will sit on their laurels and bask in the concept or go to the effort of working out a compelling story. Luckily the folks at Pixar aren't known for taking the easy way out.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: animated masterpiece...

January 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Adventure is about escaping death's closure, but it's also about clinging to life's openness - letting one escapade's end evolve into something new. "Up" is a tremendously affecting story of indomitable love, infectious spirit and embraced possibilities.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source:

Has there ever been a bolder moment in a children's film than one in which the lead character essentially sets off on his final journey into the heavens?

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix

A vibrantly bubbly exploration of how life's great adventures can stem from death's gloomy depths

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

The first from Pixar to be filmed in Disney Digital 3-D, Up looks and sounds great. The script is charming, touching and altogether delightful; the voice talent perfectly suited to the characters.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Audience Reviews for Up

Pixar never fails. Even if you are a stiff as a rock this movie will at least give you goosebumps along with a smile/chuckle. Kudos to whoever created the score.
June 6, 2014
Sanjay Rema

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Absolutely wonderful animated feature, Pixar crafts a stunning, engrossing picture that is superbly animated and boasts a great cast of talented voice actors and a heartwarming story. I had heard plenty of great things about this film, and heard it was one of the sadder of Pixar's output. With that being said, the film is sad, but it so makes you feel good, and it's really one that makes you feel all sorts of things. I've seen many of Pixar's films, and each of them has that quality that makes it so good, with UP, we get something more, we get a film that goes deep in its story and adds a lot more depth into one film. One minute the tone is sad, heartfelt, the next, it's funny, whimsical and adventurous. But as a whole, Up is a standout picture, one of the finest of Pixar's animated features, and is highly entertaining from start to finish. If you want a great animated comedy, Up is a great film to watch and it's a film for all ages, one that has a simple, but well constructed story, and it is a film that just has plenty of charm to really make it standout, and it's easily one of the finest films that Pixar has ever produced. If you enjoy animated feature, Up will certainly deliver, and it's one of those movies that is purely entrancing from the first frame, and it doesn't let go until the wonderful final. Brilliantly animated, and with a great script Up is yet another solid animated feature from Pixar, who always deliver some truly wonderful, amusing and highly memorable pictures. Although there are some sad moments here and there, the film just makes you feel good, and as the film goes on, the story is richer, fuller and gets even more enjoyable. If you enjoy animated films, especially Pixar films, definitely don't pass up this great film. Up is one of the studios finest works, and that's saying something.
May 12, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

An imaginative tale from the brilliant minds of Pixar about an elderly gentleman named Carl (voiced by Ed Asner), who, after losing his wife, devises a plan to escape society and live out his dreams of going to South America by attaching helium balloons to his house and taking off. While the set-up of the story is ultimately more intriguing than what happens in the story itself, it still keeps your attention and has a genuine sweetness to it that is absolutely infections, especially through its use of a young boy (voiced by Jordan Nagai) who accompanies Carl during his journey. To me, it does not rank with the greatest films Pixar has ever done, and it is almost unrelentingly sad given the circumstances of the lead character, but as said, the charm it has is enough to make it worthy of a watch.
January 5, 2014
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

    1. Dug: Squirrel!
    – Submitted by Matthew B (3 months ago)
    1. Dug: Hey, I know a joke! A squirrel walks up to a tree and says, "I forgot to store acorns for the winter and now I am dead." Ha! It is funny because the squirrel gets dead!
    – Submitted by Owen K (7 months ago)
    1. Russell: Uh, I thought you were dead.
    – Submitted by June C (12 months ago)
    1. Russell: Hey, that one looks like a turtle! Look at that one! That one looks like a dog! Ahh! It is a dog!
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (15 months ago)
    1. Russell: Can I come in sir?
    2. Carl Fredricksen: No! [serious and straight forward, closes door, a second passes] Okay come in.
    – Submitted by Ulices N (20 months ago)
    1. Russell: Can we keep him, please?
    2. Carl Fredricksen: No.
    3. Russell: But it's a TALKING DOG!
    – Submitted by Aaron S (21 months ago)
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