Upside Down

2013

Upside Down

Critics Consensus

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.

25%

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Total Count: 51

41%

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User Ratings: 12,928
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Ever since Adam (Jim Sturgess) and Eden (Kirsten Dunst) fell in love as teens, their bond has faced astronomical odds. The pair are separated not just by social class and a political system bent on keeping them apart, but also by a freak planetary condition: they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions-he on the poverty-stricken planet below, she on the wealthy, exploitative world above. Their budding but illicit romance screeches to a tragic halt when interplanetary-border patrol agents catch them and Eden suffers an apparently fatal fall. But when, ten years later, Adam learns she is alive and working at a vast corporation whose towering headquarters connects their planets, he sets out on a dangerous quest to infiltrate the company and the upper world to reconnect with her. UPSIDE DOWN is a visually stunning romantic adventure that poses the question: what if love was stronger than gravity?(c) Millenium

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Critic Reviews for Upside Down

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (21)

  • Soon enough the worlds of Up Top and Down Below feel like distractions, CGI Potemkin villages.

    Apr 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.

    Apr 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.

    Mar 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.

    Mar 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.

    Mar 15, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • "Upside Down" is such a gorgeous wreck that I could almost sense Terry Gilliam somewhere muttering, "Wait a minute, I should have been the one to screw up this idea."

    Mar 15, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | 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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