Downsizing Reviews

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January 25, 2018
It starts out quick, sharp and funny and ends as a solemn and slow-moving leviathan: a movie overwhelmed by its own ecological and human implications ...
January 24, 2018
It's a state-of-the-nation address by stealth, wry and wide-reaching.
December 26, 2017
The film, having launched a sprightly comic conceit, lets it glide away.
December 22, 2017
It's a movie in which too-muchness ends up being not-enoughness, since the script lacks a vital center.
December 22, 2017
Downsizing never quite goes where you think it's going, and normally, I'd say that's a plus. But confounding expectations only goes so far. You still have to get to a place worth getting to.
December 22, 2017
Payne's brand of prickly humanism is on full display here; he seems to revel is the notion that it's only when we're uncomfortable that we have any chance at being good.
December 22, 2017
If Payne had landed the mix of genres, Downsizing could have been a masterpiece. Spoiler (small print not required): He does not.
December 22, 2017
Unfortunately, the central character is as small figuratively as he is literally, and that limits the movie's capacity to enthrall and engage.
December 22, 2017
Very quickly devolves into a bland story about a nondescript khaki-wearing guy who learns to care about the less-fortunate.
December 22, 2017
Little people. Big ideas. Massive misfire.
December 22, 2017
Damon is in prime everyman mode as Paul, a good guy with a good heart who wouldn't mind catching a break, a big break, just once.
Top Critic
December 21, 2017
It's the rare movie that seems to execute every part of its concept absolutely wrong; a narrative, tonal, visual and sociopolitical fiasco the likes of which haven't been seen in many moons.
December 21, 2017
The film then wanders into murky, puzzling territory, leaving viewers to wonder exactly what the story was all about.
December 21, 2017
The strength of [director Alexander Payne's] movies has always lain in his ability to compress big themes into intimate stories, lit with sharp and sometimes poignant insights about the vagaries of human nature.
December 21, 2017
The premise is absurd to the max, but Payne delivers a comedy for those who enjoy contemplating bigger themes behind the laughs along with an ending that is aptly sublime.
December 21, 2017
As the movie grinds on, Payne tries to steer it into a parable about climate change and the refugee crisis, issues that sit heavily on its flimsy, jokey premise.
December 21, 2017
There's no doubt about one thing: the director's considerable talent is on full display here. Let him keep shifting; we'll keep watching.
December 21, 2017
The movie is a surprise, the good kind, an instance of a filmmaker zigging just when you're expecting him to zag.
December 21, 2017
You never quite know where "Downsizing" is going, and that is by design: Payne is unafraid to cultivate destabilization in his audience that some members will find off-putting, others liberating.
December 21, 2017
It's hard not to appreciate the visual and thematic scope of "Downsizing's" reach. But it's harder not to see the chasm between its strange, misshapen story and the grand, towering vision to which it aspires.
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