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Up Reviews

July 6, 2010
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.
June 1, 2009
The movie is packed with lovely jokes, some of them funny in inexplicable ways.
June 1, 2009
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.
May 29, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 29, 2009
Its charms appear to have been applied with surgical precision; by the end, I felt expertly sutured, but not much else.
May 29, 2009
To watch Up with any attention is to be moved and astonished by the economy with which specific visuals are invested with emotion throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 29, 2009
There are not words enough to express how good Up is.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
May 29, 2009
The lessons of Up lift us, even as they ground our heroes in what really matters.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 29, 2009
It propels the viewer up, up and away in an experience combining smart, imaginative storytelling with dazzling dreamlike visuals, creating an experience that is the special province of animation -- at once utterly convincing and completely impossible.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 29, 2009
Up is less visually exuberant than many of the other Pixar films, but in this case that's a plus.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 29, 2009
[A] kid's adventure yarn embedded in a grownup tale about grief and regret, purposes lost and rediscovered.
May 29, 2009
It feels nervy and adventurous and a little messy, the result of formidable creators and genuine wits working on an enormous budget, enormously well-spent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 29, 2009
As in their finest work, the Pixar filmmakers have created thrilling cinema simply by rifling through its history.
May 28, 2009
All filmmakers protesting that they only spoon feed kids the crap they crave, I present to you Pixar's two recent stars: a silent robot and a geriatric widower.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
May 28, 2009
Up is a breathtaking ride into the realm of pure imagination. Up shames the pap that now passes for family entertainment (yes, Night at the Museum 2, I'm talking to you).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 28, 2009
It's a joy to watch, for any age.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
May 28, 2009
What's marvelous about Up is how confidently it assumes the audience will smartly follow wherever it wants to take us.
May 28, 2009
Pixar has done it again, in every best way possible.
May 28, 2009
Up, the latest lovely fantasy from the artists at Disney's Pixar animation, it's a truly fantastic adventure -- a lighter-than-air daydream about a cranky widower, a chubby boy and their amazing journey.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 28, 2009
While their latest achievement can't quite one-up WALL-E, it offers soaring highs that are bound to enchant viewers of any age.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 28, 2009
From the title onward, Up is a stratospheric success. It's guaranteed to lift your spirits, and not with a pushy DreamWorks-style gag reel of celebrity voices and committee-processed one-liners.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 28, 2009
Rarely has any film, let alone an animated one powered by the logic of dream and fantasy, been able to move so successfully -- and so effortlessly -- through so many different kinds of cinematic territory.
May 28, 2009
The outrageously inventive fable that it tells lifts it above the mundane and sends it floating off to the heights of charm as if carried by a helium balloon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 28, 2009
Because the movie's grounded, it's free to fly where it wants, and it does so with an exuberance and poignancy that at times feels majestic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 28, 2009
How much do I love this movie? If it were mathematically possible, I'd give it five stars out of four.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
May 28, 2009
Up is challenging, emotionally and narratively, but it trusts viewers to keep up; Pixar has never been interested in talking down to children or their parents.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 28, 2009
Pixar's most mature and refined chunk of animation to date.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
May 28, 2009
Up emerges as a gentle hymn to adventure of both the soaring, storybook variety and the smaller, less obvious kind -- the perilous, unpredictable and richly rewarding journey of ordinary, everyday life.
May 28, 2009
If such first-rate entertainment simply offers a remarkably fun experience instead of a life-changing one, it's only because we've come to regularly expect epiphanies from its creators.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 28, 2009
Up is a story of human bonds remembered and new ones forged, and never for one moment does it seems insincere or contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 28, 2009
Easily the summer's, and probably the year's, most enchanting movie, Up is a buoyant delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 28, 2009
This is a wonderful film. It tells a story. The characters are as believable as any characters can be who spend much of their time floating above the rain forests of Venezuela.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 28, 2009
A whimsical story that taps into the magical relationship between the young and the old.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 28, 2009
Writer-directors Pete Docter and Bob Peterson present hilarious insights into bird brains and canine psychology and treat thornier human emotions deftly.
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.
May 27, 2009
Through its writing, direction and execution, Up doesn't just achieve hipness, it transcends it. With its spirit of fun and adventure, it echoes Raiders of the Lost Ark (only funnier) -- it's a thrill ride, but a thrill ride with heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 27, 2009
The title is deceptively simple, which is fitting, because the latest achievement from Pixar Animation is deeper and more complex on every level than it would initially appear.
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
May 27, 2009
Rest assured, it gets funny. And it's thrilling, too, as the third act takes place almost entirely in the sky.
May 27, 2009
A film like Up makes it clear that Pixar has moved beyond the point where it feels the need to pander to children.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 26, 2009
The look of Up is a world away from Pixar's usual CGI intricacies -- simple in a way that only artists with a genius for complexity can achieve.
May 16, 2009
The overall look of the film, with its breathtaking aerial views of South American landscapes and its symbolic interplay of squares and circles, puts every other animation studio to shame.
May 16, 2009
As buoyant and richly tinted as the balloons that figure so prominently in its story, Up is also thoroughly grounded in real emotion and ideas of substance.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 13, 2009
Pixar triumphs again with a delirious fantasy that has one leg in the real world of hopes dashed and realised and the other in the cartoon tradition of journeying and adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 12, 2009
Pixar again raises the bar to wondrous new heights.
May 8, 2009
Extending the patented Pixar mix of humor and heart, Up is the studio's most deeply emotional and affecting work.
April 23, 2009
[Up] could easily have been cloying, but instead proves disarming in its deep reserves of narrative imagination and surprise, as well as its poignant thematic balance of dreams deferred and dreams fulfilled.