Upside Down Reviews

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
Top Critic
March 15, 2013

"Upside Down" paints a pretty picture, as long as you don't think about it too much.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Levin
amNewYork
March 15, 2013

Director Juan Solanas has produced such an immense cinematic vision that the flaws ultimately don't matter.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 15, 2013

...may be a treat for the eyes, but you'll probably be rolling them throughout most of its running time.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
March 15, 2013

Who is it that keeps casting Jim Sturgess in movies? His range is limited to goofy smiles and pained looks of unrequited love - all that's required for this film.

Witney Seibold
CraveOnline
March 14, 2013

'Upside Down,' in terms of its visuals, is gorgeous and clever and creative.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
March 14, 2013

A work of bracingly singular imagination that is sheer visual pleasure, with some mind-bending ideas and a deeply romantic sensibility.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
March 14, 2013

The only problem is that, after creating the most wonderful fantastic frame, "Upside Down" doesn't devise a picture worthy of it.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
March 14, 2013

The novelty of the idea, which suggests a less elegant offshoot of M. C. Escher drawings, quickly wears thin. The production design is too busy, and the film's desaturated palette is forbiddingly austere.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
March 14, 2013

Just enjoy its dazzling visuals, dream-like inventiveness and lush romanticism.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com
March 14, 2013

An imperfect but perfectly gorgeous experience, a motion picture of quite literal cosmic enlightenment with the creativity and gall to put most run-of-the-mill movie releases to shame.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
March 14, 2013

At a time when so many movies look alike, and studio productions sometimes look aggressively ugly, here's a quirky vision at the intersection of sci-fi and romance.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
March 14, 2013

Despite its undeniably clever conceit and visuals, this love story set in twin worlds remains earthbound.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
March 14, 2013

Timothy Spall enlivens this as a crafty engineer in the corporation where Dunst and Sturgess work, but they're all just props in a dream whose logic hasn't been quite worked out.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
March 14, 2013

Though "Upside Down" starts with a strong idea, its compelling conceit is immediately weighed down by leaden execution.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
Top Critic
March 14, 2013

"Upside Down" gives you four movies for the price of one.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
March 14, 2013

One of the worst movies I've ever seen. An instant landmark of crap.

Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Sci-Fi Movie Page
March 14, 2013

What is expected of the viewer is simply to swallow the material whole and focus on the love story.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
Top Critic
March 14, 2013

Moment for moment, Upside Down is the most embarrassing, hilarious, obliviously stupid movie since M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening, and its constant pursuit of a striking image over any other consideration undermines it at every turn.

Full Review | Original Score: D-
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
March 14, 2013

Is the film something to look at? Yes. "Upside Down" is something to look at. But that's not enough for a full-length, full-bodied, romance.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
March 13, 2013

Juan Diego Solanas directs a film that's like nothing I've ever seen before.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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