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In spite of its wonderfully unusual premise and talented cast, Upside Down fails to offer much in the way of compelling drama to anchor its admittedly dazzling visuals. Read critic reviews

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Though it is forbidden, a man (Jim Sturgess) devises a way to reunite with a long-lost love (Kirsten Dunst) from the twin world that sits just above his own.

Cast & Crew

James Kidnie
Lagavullan
Vincent Messina
Tommy
Jesse Sherman
Kevin
Juan Solanas
Screenwriter
Pierre Magny
Screenwriter
Phil Hope
Executive Producer
Georges Dayan
Executive Producer
Emile Amzallag
Executive Producer
James W. Skotchdopole
Executive Producer
Pierre Gill
Cinematographer
Alex McDowell
Production Design
Paul Jutras
Film Editor
Nicoletta Massone
Costume Designer
Benoît Charest
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Critic Reviews for Upside Down

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (39)

  • The problem is that the physics here are patently ridiculous, and there is likewise no viable chemistry between stars Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst.

    May 26, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Soon enough the worlds of Up Top and Down Below feel like distractions, CGI Potemkin villages.

    April 26, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A Romeo and Juliet story for the age of CGI overkill, Upside Down zigs where it should zag and dulls where it should dazzle.

    April 25, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Absent any emotional grounding, the film is a gorgeous, sterile construction, like a dream city unoccupied by humans.

    March 15, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Simply put, this is one of the craziest films to come along in a while and I can confidently say that anyone who sees it will either hail it is some kind of crackpot masterpiece or dismiss it as one of the silliest damn things they've ever seen.

    March 15, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It doesn't really develop its story, or its themes. It doesn't truly draw out its characters. It evokes no serious emotions. It has - in the end - no gravity.

    March 15, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Upside Down

  • Dec 02, 2015
    Pretty interesting. I love the mind-bending fantasy aspects of this film. They're so cool. The story is cool too, but the acting is where this is kind of meh. Jim Sturgess is not particularly good, and Kirsten Dunst is pretty shitty, as always. Could've been way better with a different cast.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2015
    Upside Down is, more-or-less, a teenage magical romance-adventure. Many of the negative reviews are correct but downrate the film too harshly. The premise and world are interesting and visually the film is pretty decent. I can imagine myself being impressed in my middle school/high school years. Upside Down I rate a cut below a film like Tron Legacy (similar genre/audience but done better) but not worse than your average Hollywood movie.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2015
    Very pretty, but sorely lacking in substance and logic.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2014
    It has dazzling visuals (despite the director's obsession with lens flares and a CGI that looks a bit artificial) and an idea that is pretty original and intriguing, but it suffers from some glaring lack of internal plausibility and a naive ending that is too silly in its romantic optimism.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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