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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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When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to over-population, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community--a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.

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Matt Damon
as Paul Safranek
Kristen Wiig
as Audrey Safranek
Christoph Waltz
as Dusan Mirkovic
Jason Sudeikis
as Dave Johnson
Neil Patrick Harris
as Jeff Lonowski
Laura Dern
as Laura Lonowski
Hong Chau
as Ngoc Lan Tran
Udo Kier
as Konrad
Brigette Lundy-Paine
as Dusan's Girlfirend
James Van Der Beek
as Anesthesiologist
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Critic Reviews for Downsizing

All Critics (282) | Top Critics (43)

  • 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 ...

    Jan 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The film, having launched a sprightly comic conceit, lets it glide away.

    Dec 26, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It's a movie in which too-muchness ends up being not-enoughness, since the script lacks a vital center.

    Dec 22, 2017 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 22, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 22, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • If Payne had landed the mix of genres, Downsizing could have been a masterpiece. Spoiler (small print not required): He does not.

    Dec 22, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Watched most of it. Good idea that fizzled with the exit of the wife.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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