Universal acclaim - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. 100
    This is another masterwork from Pixar, which is leading the charge in modern animation.
  2. 75
    Up is not as transcendent as last year's "WALL-E," and doesn't rank near the top of Pixar's pantheon of great features, but it's a solid (and in some ways innovative) fantasy adventure that mixes comedy, action, and drama into a satisfying whole.
  3. 100
    An exquisite work of cinematic art that also happens to be the funniest, most touching, most exciting and most entertaining movie released so far this year.
  4. 100
    Up is a breathtaking ride into the realm of pure imagination.
  5. Has some great movie moments but also boring stretches.
  6. While their latest achievement can't quite one-up "WALL-E," it offers soaring highs that are bound to enchant viewers of any age.
  7. As a piece of poetic compression, it ranks with the opening of Orson Welles's "The Magnificent Ambersons."
  8. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    On the most basic level the new film is pure vaudeville: a loopy flyaway fantasy that's hysterically funny if only to keep the darkness at bay.
  9. A lovely, thoughtful, and yes, uplifting adventure.
  10. 100
    Rarely has any film, let alone an animated one powered by the logic of dream and fantasy, been able to move so successfully -- and so effortlessly -- through so many different kinds of cinematic territory.
  11. I'm still left, though, with an unshakable sense of Up being rushed and sketchy, a collection of lovely storyboards that coalesced incompletely or not at all.
  12. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Easily the summer's, and probably the year's, most enchanting movie, Up is a buoyant delight.
  13. By all means, see Up in its 3-D incarnation: The cliff drops are vertiginous, and the scores of balloons--bunched into the shape of one giant balloon--are as pluckable as grapes.
  14. 100
    Rousing, exhilarating entertainment.
  15. Passages of glorious imagination are invariably matched by stock characters and banal story choices.
  16. 50
    Save for a few inspired canine gags and a handful of very pretty visual details, Up left me cold. Its charms appear to have been applied with surgical precision; by the end, I felt expertly sutured, but not much else.
  17. Some of the comic inventions are inspired: Muntz has a pack of dogs equipped with electronic voice boxes, which means they're talking dogs, only they speak as if they've learned English from a poorly translated Berlitz guide.
  18. We will be comparing Up with classics like "The Wizard of Oz" for years to come.
  19. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A captivating odd-couple adventure that becomes funnier and more exciting as it flies along.
  20. 83
    Is Up top-shelf Pixar? No. But is it quality summer movie entertainment? Absolutely. Even when the folks at Pixar aim to keep their feet solidly on the ground, they can't help but soar.
  21. 100
    The result is a soaring, touching, funny and altogether buoyant movie that lives up to its title in spirit and in form.
  22. The exhilarating film pays tribute to Buster Keaton's "The Balloonatic" by way of its slapstick, and to Hayao Miyazaki's "Howl's Moving Castle" by way of its watercolor palette and traveling domicile.
  23. 100
    Everything about Up is an up, in the most visceral and poetic ways.
  24. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Extending the patented Pixar mix of humor and heart, Up is the studio's most deeply emotional and affecting work.
  25. 90
    Up emerges as a gentle hymn to adventure of both the soaring, storybook variety and the smaller, less obvious kind -- the perilous, unpredictable and richly rewarding journey of ordinary, everyday life.
  26. A thoroughly uplifting bit of cinema.
  27. 80
    The movie is packed with lovely jokes, some of them funny in inexplicable ways.
  28. Winsome, touching and arguably the funniest Pixar effort ever, the gorgeously rendered, high-flying adventure is a tidy 90-minute distillation of all the signature touches that came before it.
  29. 83
    Up is challenging, emotionally and narratively, but it trusts viewers to keep up; Pixar has never been interested in talking down to children or their parents.
  30. Writer-directors Pete Docter and Bob Peterson present hilarious insights into bird brains and canine psychology and treat thornier human emotions deftly.
  31. Reviewed by: Perry Seibert
    You get the feeling that, had Pixar been in business 25 years ago, Steven Spielberg might have made this movie for them as a follow-up to "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
  32. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Each character has their own story, and Pixar never sacrifices their development just for a happy ending.
  33. Reviewed by: Kate Taylor
    Disney has historically peopled cartoons aimed at children with violent, gruesomely animated villains. For all its delicious whimsy, Up is no exception.
  34. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    If it had lived up to its golden first five minutes, Up would have been the film of the decade. As it is, it remains the best animated flick of 2009, a funny, moving, beautifully made argument that dreamers can move mountains.
  35. Reviewed by: Matthew Sorrento
    After a strong takeoff, the film lands on dead grounds.
  36. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    The first 10 minutes of Up are flawless; the final 80 minutes, close enough. (Though, note this: Do not see Up in 3-D. It's inessential to the tale and altogether distracting.)
  37. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Up is Pixar's most ambitious attempt yet to take animation to higher (and deeper) places than it's been before, and Giacchino's sprightly music keeps the whole thing, impossibly, aloft.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 839 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 286
  1. Sep 29, 2011
    Animation giant Pixar walks into 2009 with their new animation "Up". The movie is so organized and amazing, all I could suggest to you is to just shut up and watch the movie. Full Review »
  2. BryanK.
    May 30, 2009
    After viewing this film, I found it very well made. It was dark, even by the standards of a mainstream childrens film. It has a serious storyline which deals with a wife unable to bear children and a man who sees his home as if his wife's soul remains there each day. There were comical moments throughout the film which were done well including a sequence in which a dog which speaks through a collar to other dogs speaks in a funny voice, which when fixed sounds like an evil scientist from a 1930's serial. The final thirty minutes are not only action filled, but comical and heartwarming. The characters were well-designed with unique characteristics which added to the enjoyment and allowed for the people viewing the film to connect with the characters. Very-well made film and one of the best Disney films of the first decade of the 21st century... Full Review »
  3. Dec 15, 2011
    Charming, emotional, hilarious, just some of the words that can be used to describe Disney/Pixar's Up. The opening of the film is the saddest thing I've ever seen in anything, and that's coming from a family film. Pixar continue to produce the best. Full Review »