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 Paul Safranek
as Audrey Safranek
as Dusan Mirkovic
as Dave Johnson
as Jeff Lonowski
as Laura Lonowski
as Ngoc Lan Tran
as Dusan's Girlfirend
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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
The premise and the believable set-up for the impossible are really well done. You can't help but be excited about where the film might run with that idea. Unfortunately, it almost comes to a stop after the first act, bathing in its own misery for a while. The appearance of the wonderful Hong Chau turns things around. She steals every scene she's in and her character is an absolute delight. You also can't blame the film for taking the easy way out, it does end up surprising you over again. The Norway scenes are almost as fantastic as visiting the shire. In the end, I can't blame people for being disappointed, but I applaud the film for trying to be something different and unlike anything you've seen before. Gotta appreciate that.
Watched most of it. Good idea that fizzled with the exit of the wife.
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.
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