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  • Summary: Patema lives in an underground world of tunnels, the long-abandoned ruins of a giant industrial complex. Though she is a princess, she is held back by the rules imposed by the elders of her clan. One day when she is exploring in a forbidden zone, she is startled by a strange bat-likePatema lives in an underground world of tunnels, the long-abandoned ruins of a giant industrial complex. Though she is a princess, she is held back by the rules imposed by the elders of her clan. One day when she is exploring in a forbidden zone, she is startled by a strange bat-like creature and tumbles headlong into a void – and out into the wide open world above the surface, a place with reversed physics, where if she let go she would “fall up” into the sky and be lost forever. Age is a student on this surface world, a totalitarian society whose compliant population has been brainwashed against the “sinners who fell into the sky.” When he spies Patema hanging upside-down from a tree, he pulls her down to safety, struggling with all his might to keep her earthbound as she grips on to him for dear life. Together their weights cancel each other out, and once they master the art of navigating competing gravitational forces, they set out to evade the leaders of Age’s world and discover the secret that keeps their worlds apart. [Gkids] Expand
  • Director: Yasuhiro Yoshiura
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama, Fantasy, Animation
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 98 min
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Harley
    Aug 26, 2014
    80
    From the texture of the underground havens to the idea that our leads have to – literally – cling to each other lest gravity tears them apart, it’s a wonder of detail and ingenuity.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Aug 28, 2014
    80
    The music is lovely, and the animation is soft and imaginatively detailed. Patema and Age may not know what’s upside down or right-way up, but their director is never in any doubt.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Aug 28, 2014
    80
    At once a touching adolescent love story and a visually evocative portrait of society torn apart by literally competing forces, Patema Inverted is an uncommonly ambitious animated effort that beautfully illustrates the need for both physical and emotional connections in a topsy-turvy world.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Aug 29, 2014
    63
    Yoshiura’s film resonates with the fantastic visions that we’ve come to hope for in the best Japanese animation. When the flat character design, two-dimensional villains, and unengaging narrative counter-act that, it falls flat. Like its two lead characters, it is of two worlds.
  5. Reviewed by: Dee Rudebeck
    Aug 26, 2014
    60
    The animation is intricate and beautiful but the narrative is clunky and heavy-handed in places.
  6. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Aug 26, 2014
    60
    It’s impressive but not dazzling.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 27, 2014
    38
    The film by Yasuhiro Yoshiura suffers from many of the same flaws as other anime features — a plodding pace, broad humor, a bland heroine and snarly, one-dimensional villains.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
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  1. Dec 9, 2014
    10
    This movie is outstanding. I really regret not seeing this movie in the cinema because this was visually stunning with outstandingThis movie is outstanding. I really regret not seeing this movie in the cinema because this was visually stunning with outstanding animation,great characters a well done english dub and a original plot that got me really invested i seriously was worried that i wouldn't be satisfied with the ending but it worked from start to finish. do what you can to see the movie in blu ray with the lights off because it makes for an amazing experience Expand

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