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Up (2009)



Critic Consensus: An exciting, funny, and poignant adventure, Up offers an impeccably crafted story told with wit and arranged with depth, as well as yet another visual Pixar treat.

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A feisty septuagenarian teams with a fearless wilderness ranger to do battle with a vicious band of beasts and villains in this computer-animated adventure scripted by Pixar veteran Bob Peterson and co-directed by Peterson and Monsters, Inc. director Peter Docter. Carl Fredricksen is a 78-year-old balloon salesman. His entire life, Carl has longed to wander the wilds of South America. Then, one day, the irascible senior citizen shocks his neighbors by tying thousands of balloons to his home and finally taking flight. But Carl isn't alone on his once-in-a-lifetime journey, because stowed away on his front porch is an excitable eight-year-old wilderness explorer named Russell. Later, as the house touches down on the world's second largest continent, Carl and his unlikely traveling companion step outside to discover that not only is their new front lawn considerably larger, but that the predators therein are much more ferocious than anything they ever faced back home.

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Edward Asner
as Carl Fredricksen
Christopher Plummer
as Charles Muntz
Jordan Nagai
as Russell
John Ratzenberger
as Construction Foreman Tom
Bob Peterson
as Dug / Alpha
David Kaye
as Newsreel Announcer
Elie Docter
as Young Ellie
Jeremy Leary
as Young Carl
Mickie T. McGowan
as Police Officer Edith
Danny Mann
as Construction Worker Steve
Donald Fullilove
as Nurse George
Jess Harnell
as Nurse AJ
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Critic Reviews for Up

All Critics (288) | Top Critics (48)

Funny and poignant and full of life, Up easily qualifies as one of the best movies of the year so far. Go with someone you care about.

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The movie is packed with lovely jokes, some of them funny in inexplicable ways.

June 1, 2009 | Full Review…

The key to Pixar's success has always been the perfect blend of heart and humor -- and they've certainly done it again here.

June 1, 2009

This is really special.

June 1, 2009 | Full Review…

An exquisite work of cinematic art that also happens to be the funniest, most touching, most exciting and most entertaining movie released so far this year.

May 29, 2009 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Its charms appear to have been applied with surgical precision; by the end, I felt expertly sutured, but not much else.

May 29, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Up


Pixar never fails. Even if you are a stiff as a rock this movie will at least give you goosebumps along with a smile/chuckle. Kudos to whoever created the score.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

Absolutely wonderful animated feature, Pixar crafts a stunning, engrossing picture that is superbly animated and boasts a great cast of talented voice actors and a heartwarming story. I had heard plenty of great things about this film, and heard it was one of the sadder of Pixar's output. With that being said, the film is sad, but it so makes you feel good, and it's really one that makes you feel all sorts of things. I've seen many of Pixar's films, and each of them has that quality that makes it so good, with UP, we get something more, we get a film that goes deep in its story and adds a lot more depth into one film. One minute the tone is sad, heartfelt, the next, it's funny, whimsical and adventurous. But as a whole, Up is a standout picture, one of the finest of Pixar's animated features, and is highly entertaining from start to finish. If you want a great animated comedy, Up is a great film to watch and it's a film for all ages, one that has a simple, but well constructed story, and it is a film that just has plenty of charm to really make it standout, and it's easily one of the finest films that Pixar has ever produced. If you enjoy animated feature, Up will certainly deliver, and it's one of those movies that is purely entrancing from the first frame, and it doesn't let go until the wonderful final. Brilliantly animated, and with a great script Up is yet another solid animated feature from Pixar, who always deliver some truly wonderful, amusing and highly memorable pictures. Although there are some sad moments here and there, the film just makes you feel good, and as the film goes on, the story is richer, fuller and gets even more enjoyable. If you enjoy animated films, especially Pixar films, definitely don't pass up this great film. Up is one of the studios finest works, and that's saying something.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


An imaginative tale from the brilliant minds of Pixar about an elderly gentleman named Carl (voiced by Ed Asner), who, after losing his wife, devises a plan to escape society and live out his dreams of going to South America by attaching helium balloons to his house and taking off. While the set-up of the story is ultimately more intriguing than what happens in the story itself, it still keeps your attention and has a genuine sweetness to it that is absolutely infections, especially through its use of a young boy (voiced by Jordan Nagai) who accompanies Carl during his journey. To me, it does not rank with the greatest films Pixar has ever done, and it is almost unrelentingly sad given the circumstances of the lead character, but as said, the charm it has is enough to make it worthy of a watch.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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