Critic Consensus: Downsizing assembles a talented cast in pursuit of some truly interesting ideas -- which may be enough for some audiences to forgive the final product's frustrating shortcomings.
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as Dusan Mirkovic
as Dave Johnson
as Jeff Lonowski
as Laura Lonowski
as Ngoc Lan Tran
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Critic Reviews for Downsizing
The film, having launched a sprightly comic conceit, lets it glide away.
It's a movie in which too-muchness ends up being not-enoughness, since the script lacks a vital center.
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.
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.
If Payne had landed the mix of genres, Downsizing could have been a masterpiece. Spoiler (small print not required): He does not.
Audience Reviews for Downsizing
Even with such a promising idea and a talented cast (Hong Chau is amazing), it is a pity that Payne doesn't really manage to find a center for his story, creating an uneven film that always tries to come up with new things to say and to discuss but without knowing how to do so.
I loves me some sci-fi and here is perhaps the only one around that's not wearing a cape or leaping over tall buildings in a single bound. The idea is actually intriguing, that downsizing could solve many of the crisis' of the current era. But ... they allow some preacher into the final planning stages so that we the audience get a lot of preachy set pieces that add nothing to the work but boredom. Still decent, but flawed, like a relationship with a drug problem.
The clear disappointment of the year. The characters in this film are so mundane, most of the dialogue sounds like small talk, and the story is just so uninteresting. The premise is okay, and that is the nicest thing I can say about this film. Listening to the lame banter makes you actively wonder why you paid to watch this when you could have just eavesdropped on two coworkers complaining about it being Monday. And as bad as everything was, it was made a lot worse by the performance of Hong Chau, whose performance is ridiculously obnoxious, and honestly a little racist. I can't think of any type of moviegoer that would enjoy this film, so just skip it completely.
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