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Up Reviews

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Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 27, 2009
The characterizations are fairly coarse cartoons, in contrast to the emotionally rich cartoons that have become Pixar's hallmark. They're more schematic than organic, and that applies to the plotting as well.
Fernando F. Croce
August 25, 2009
A film that opens daringly ends with a shout-out to Star Wars
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
June 3, 2009
After a strong takeoff, Up lands on dead grounds.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Armond White
New York Press
May 27, 2009
All this deflated cinema and Pixarism mischaracterizes what good animation can be (as in Coraline, Monster House, Chicken Little, Teacher's Pet, The Iron Giant). Up's aesthetic failure stems from its emotional letdown.
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Stephanie Zacharek
May 29, 2009
Its charms appear to have been applied with surgical precision; by the end, I felt expertly sutured, but not much else.
Giovanni Fazio
Japan Times
July 6, 2010
If Up has a fault, it's merely that it's following in the footsteps of Wall-E, which was possibly the best animated film of the decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Aaron Mesh
Willamette Week
June 14, 2016
Whatever brainstorming session came up with Up allowed Docter and co-director Bob Peterson to grapple not only with old age, but with the kind of maturity rarely broached by cartoons.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
July 19, 2015
It's quite simply the best Pixar yet, seamlessly melding stirring emotions and thrilling adventure into a classic tale about letting go of the past and embracing the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
The glory of Pixar's films as that they touched on universal themes, all the way through, that just happened to also tickle kids. This one starts out that way, and then settles comfortably into being a kids film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
May 29, 2009
Another year, another Pixar masterpiece. Ho hum.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 29, 2011
No matter how you look at it, through the innocent eyes of a child or the wider, wiser worldview of an adult, the bright, buoyant Up brims with imagination, adventure, humor and heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Josh Jackson
Paste Magazine
August 3, 2013
What makes Up such a satisfying film is the story of an old man deciding that he still has life left to be lived. And that life is an adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.9/10
Joshua Starnes
March 21, 2011
You never know what you're going to get with this sort of thing, if people will sit on their laurels and bask in the concept or go to the effort of working out a compelling story. Luckily the folks at Pixar aren't known for taking the easy way out.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Simon Miraudo
October 27, 2010
Has there ever been a bolder moment in a children's film than one in which the lead character essentially sets off on his final journey into the heavens?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 28, 2009
An enjoyable movie that's also something Pixar's work usually isn't -- forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
June 6, 2009
Indeed, Up has first-rate animation and superlative voice work, but it's the heartfelt story that cements its status as the best film of 2009 so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
May 29, 2009
Up is yet another triumph from the incredible Pixar studios.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
May 30, 2009
Best since Finding Nemo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 27, 2009
A feather-light farce with a delicious dose of the sentimental, it isn't the animation company's biggest, most complicated or even its best. It's just a film in which most every oddball element of an odd yet familiar story works.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
May 29, 2009
I loved, loved, loved Up. I cannot praise it enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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