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Upside Down Reviews

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Charlie Schmidlin
The Playlist
March 11, 2013
Upside Down is a film built on binary elements -- lavishly and ambitiously executed -- yet with its laughably undercooked romantic core, it remains foolishly stubborn towards anything more nuanced.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ben Kenber
We Got This Covered
March 13, 2013
Upside Down dazzles us on a visual level but bores us with a Romeo & Juliet-like story of two lovers from opposing worlds.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
June 25, 2013
Upside Down is an interesting mess - coming across mostly as a visual disaster with big dreams and aspirations that never quite pan out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 14, 2013
Is the film something to look at? Yes. "Upside Down" is something to look at. But that's not enough for a full-length, full-bodied, romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Anton Bitel
Sight and Sound
May 26, 2014
The problem is that the physics here are patently ridiculous, and there is likewise no viable chemistry between stars Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst.
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
March 15, 2013
Upside Down falls into that old trap of overwhelming us with spectacle before we spot the emptiness beneath.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
March 15, 2013
A stunning visual experience spoiled by a trainwreck of a screenplay...certainly something to see, but difficult to sit through.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 15, 2013
"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."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 25, 2013
A Romeo and Juliet story for the age of CGI overkill, Upside Down zigs where it should zag and dulls where it should dazzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
May 3, 2013
A movie that will surely wow audiences with its awesome visuals but floor them with its terrible storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Staci Layne Wilson
Yahoo! Movies
March 26, 2013
Riddled with cliches and eye-rollers, Upside Down is more down than upside.
Matt Pais
RedEye
March 14, 2013
One of the worst movies I've ever seen. An instant landmark of crap.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
April 18, 2013
What begins as a grand concept full of unusual possibilities quickly succumbs to a frustrating mixture of pretentiousness and torpor in this threadbare narrative that unfolds in perpetual pursuit of memorable images over narrative sense.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 15, 2013
...may be a treat for the eyes, but you'll probably be rolling them throughout most of its running time.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 15, 2013
Absent any emotional grounding, the film is a gorgeous, sterile construction, like a dream city unoccupied by humans.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 14, 2013
The novelty of the idea, which suggests a less elegant offshoot of M. C. Escher drawings, quickly wears thin. The production design is too busy, and the film's desaturated palette is forbiddingly austere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 14, 2013
The only problem is that, after creating the most wonderful fantastic frame, "Upside Down" doesn't devise a picture worthy of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 19, 2014
An otherworldly framework in which the rules exist to separate the classes until Romeo & Juliet come along to break them with the gravity of romance. If only.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
March 12, 2013
To his credit, Solanas unabashedly believes in this heartstring-plucking hooey, and he certainly has a knack for striking images.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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