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Upside Down Reviews

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James Adams
Globe and Mail
April 26, 2013
Soon enough the worlds of Up Top and Down Below feel like distractions, CGI Potemkin villages.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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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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Peter Sobczynski
Chicago Sun-Times
March 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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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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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 15, 2013
"Upside Down" paints a pretty picture, as long as you don't think about it too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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 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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
March 14, 2013
Just enjoy its dazzling visuals, dream-like inventiveness and lush romanticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 14, 2013
At a time when so many movies look alike, and studio productions sometimes look aggressively ugly, here's a quirky vision at the intersection of sci-fi and romance.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
March 14, 2013
Despite its undeniably clever conceit and visuals, this love story set in twin worlds remains earthbound.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 14, 2013
Timothy Spall enlivens this as a crafty engineer in the corporation where Dunst and Sturgess work, but they're all just props in a dream whose logic hasn't been quite worked out.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 14, 2013
Though "Upside Down" starts with a strong idea, its compelling conceit is immediately weighed down by leaden execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
March 14, 2013
"Upside Down" gives you four movies for the price of one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
March 14, 2013
Moment for moment, Upside Down is the most embarrassing, hilarious, obliviously stupid movie since M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening, and its constant pursuit of a striking image over any other consideration undermines it at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 13, 2013
Upside Down is a very fancy piece of junk.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 13, 2013
True originality is so rare that it's a treat to welcome a movie as completely different and provocative as Upside Down. It's unlike anything you have ever seen.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
March 12, 2013
Dunst is radiant, as always, though it's radiance with depth: She's not just your average dream girl; she's gravity's rainbow. But there just isn't enough of her.
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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