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Upside Down (2013)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 35

In spite of its wonderfully unusual premise and talented cast, Upside Down fails to offer much in the way of compelling drama to anchor its admittedly dazzling visuals.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 16

In spite of its wonderfully unusual premise and talented cast, Upside Down fails to offer much in the way of compelling drama to anchor its admittedly dazzling visuals.



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Ever since Adam (Jim Sturgess) and Eden (Kirsten Dunst) fell in love as teens, their bond has faced astronomical odds. The pair are separated not just by social class and a political system bent on keeping them apart, but also by a freak planetary condition: they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions-he on the poverty-stricken planet below, she on the wealthy, exploitative world above. Their budding but illicit romance screeches to a tragic halt when

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Soon enough the worlds of Up Top and Down Below feel like distractions, CGI Potemkin villages.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A Romeo and Juliet story for the age of CGI overkill, Upside Down zigs where it should zag and dulls where it should dazzle.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Absent any emotional grounding, the film is a gorgeous, sterile construction, like a dream city unoccupied by humans.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Simply put, this is one of the craziest films to come along in a while and I can confidently say that anyone who sees it will either hail it is some kind of crackpot masterpiece or dismiss it as one of the silliest damn things they've ever seen.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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It doesn't really develop its story, or its themes. It doesn't truly draw out its characters. It evokes no serious emotions. It has - in the end - no gravity.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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"Upside Down" is such a gorgeous wreck that I could almost sense Terry Gilliam somewhere muttering, "Wait a minute, I should have been the one to screw up this idea."

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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An otherworldly framework in which the rules exist to separate the classes until Romeo & Juliet come along to break them with the gravity of romance. If only.

August 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

The problem is that the physics here are patently ridiculous, and there is likewise no viable chemistry between stars Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst.

May 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Upside Down is an interesting mess - coming across mostly as a visual disaster with big dreams and aspirations that never quite pan out.

June 25, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

A movie that will surely wow audiences with its awesome visuals but floor them with its terrible storytelling.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Dunst, a veteran of the famous upside-down Spider-Man kiss, may be used to this, but viewers of the fantasy romance Upside Down may have the dizzy feeling of blood rushing to their heads. What is going on here and, furthermore, why?

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source:

There is little consistency. As a creator, you cannot tell us one thing and have characters do another without consequence. Upside Down is plagued with those problems, at least in small ways. It is frustrating for the viewer.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

What begins as a grand concept full of unusual possibilities quickly succumbs to a frustrating mixture of pretentiousness and torpor in this threadbare narrative that unfolds in perpetual pursuit of memorable images over narrative sense.

April 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

The eye-rolling script is heavy-handed and emotionally distant, sort of like its intergalactic setting.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source:

Riddled with cliches and eye-rollers, Upside Down is more down than upside.

March 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Yahoo! Movies
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What if I told you that the film also includes scenes of upward urination and consumption of flying pink pancakes? Now will you help it break the $30,000 [box office] mark?

March 25, 2013 Full Review Source:

A stunning visual experience spoiled by a trainwreck of a screenplay...certainly something to see, but difficult to sit through.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source:

Upside Down falls into that old trap of overwhelming us with spectacle before we spot the emptiness beneath.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source:

Worth a look if only for the Caspar David Friedrich-inspired imagery and shots of Timothy Spall's teeth.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Writer-director Juan Solanas is a better photographer than writer or director.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Audience Reviews for Upside Down

The premise is good and the sci-fi element of it is interesting, too bad the romance doesn't really deliver.
December 25, 2013

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Two planets, one rich and one poor, are situated so that they are stacked one above the other, with opposite gravities; a boy from the poor world "falls" for a girl from the rich one. Lame Romeo and Juliet rehash built around a visual gimmick that gets old fast.
September 29, 2013
Greg S

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Upside Down is a fairly unique Sci Fi film. The film is a romance movie, but I felt it wasn't overly cheesy and it kept me involved due to its plot. The film concerns two worlds, one living on top of each other, and two people living in either on the worlds, and they fall in love, but they are forbidden in seeing each other because of strict rules from each of the worlds. Although it relies on a typical romantic film formula, it adds so much more to the film with its visuals and Sci Fi elements, which is refreshing to see. I thought that this was an underrated film and though it has its flaws, the creativity and originality of the film's visuals along with a familiar story makes this one worth seeing. The film should been much better as well, and it did have the potential of being a terrific Sci Fi movie, but at times it lacks in some areas. I was surprised by how good the film was, and how much I enjoyed it. The cast did a good job in their performances and made it an entertaining movie that is exciting from start to finish. Like I said, the film should have been better, but for what it is, it's a well executed picture that blends two genres effectively well and manages to make something old into something new. Upside Down is worth seeing if you enjoy these types' films. The cast are great, and the story is good, and the creativity is what makes this a worthwhile picture that is a surprise. The film is underrated, and it doesn't deserve all the negativity it has received. Upside Down manages to overcome its shortcoming with an interesting and original storyline and effective direction and performances. I'm not usually one to enjoy Romances, but this one was good, much better than most in the genre.
September 10, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Juan Solanas directs this very odd film, and his idea for the film receives an A for effort, but the script is very sloppily written and doesn't do the film the justice that it deserves. It is wonderfully directed and the cast are acting their hearts out in this beautifully looking picture, but there is too much missing and it is very sad to say, because the first 20 minutes will absolutely take your breath away, before slapping you back into a ham-handed script that doesn't really go anywhere and is kind of laughable in the end. Once two worlds come close together, a company is built to join both worlds in order to transport goods across to sell for a higher price. These ideas are wonderful in every way, and I loved watching this film for what it was, but I wanted so much more. I feel like there is an Oscar-worthy film buried very deep down inside, but for what it is, it's enjoyable and it's the perfect length. A lot of wasted potential, but not bad in any way. It ia actually one of my most admired films of 2013!
August 15, 2013
KJ Proulx

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