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  • Summary: Adam and Eden live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions. Their budding but illicit romance ends when Eden suffers an apparently fatal fall. But when 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 reconnect with her. [Millenium Entertainment] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Sobczynski
    Sep 9, 2014
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Mar 14, 2013
    Solanas’s daring takes the form of ambition. Upside Down has a visionary look that has affinities with everything from “Metropolis” to “Blade Runner” to “Children of Men.” Solanas has the temerity to split the screen horizontally in many shots. Usually, this works, though “Upside Down” is not recommended for anyone subject to visual dislocation.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Mar 14, 2013
    It's best not to overthink the sci-fi love story Upside Down and just enjoy its dazzling visuals, dream-like inventiveness and lush romanticism.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Mar 13, 2013
    This head-scratcher boasts visual imagination to spare even as its logistical complexities and heavy-handed symbolism ultimately prove off-putting.
  5. Reviewed by: Charlie Schmidlin
    Mar 12, 2013
    Sturgess and Dunst are two actors who have the potential to excel; “Heartless” and “Melancholia” both hold notable performances from them that serve the story and its themes well. Here though, Solanas does the pair no favors.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 14, 2013
    Its compelling conceit is immediately weighed down by leaden execution.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 14, 2013
    Did I mention that Upside Down is simply awful?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Mar 15, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The film centers on a pair of lovers divided by a world with dual gravity. The two worlds are strictly separated: the rich people live up while the poor people live down. The only connection between this two worlds is through the company Transworld. Adam(Jim Sturgess)is from down but he has the fortunate chance to meet Eden(Kirsten Dunst). They fell in love but are forced to give up their love by the police of the upper world. After ten years they'll have the opportunity to meet again and fight against the gravity that separate them. The concept of two rigid separated worlds is an original metaphor of many people who had lived in difficult political and economical situations in which they were brutally used and forced to live a humiliating life. For this people there was no love, no emotions. They were merely an object, easily expendable to build a prosperous and cohesive society. It is undoubtedly a very pressing matter even in our historical situation. So Adam becomes the focus of our sympathy. We deeply understand his desire of redemption and quest of a long lost love who could give him some relief from a grim reality, even though he doesn't know her exactly. For this performance, Jim Sturgess deserves all the accolades. He is very moving and convincing. On the contrary, Eden is a little distant, only object of veneration and love-seeking. As for Kirsten Dunst, it is a much brighter and easier role after her dark roles in "All Good Things" and "Melancholia". She has no showy scene (aside from when she tries to remember in spite of her amnesia) even though she plays well as always. Timothy Spall as Bob ,who assists Adam and finally helps Eden in her final decision, is very good. Juan Diego Solanas, for his brilliant idea, can be considered a really visionary director. He created a film which has some elements similar to "Inception", "Gattaca" and "Stardust" mixed together which are well corresponded. The script is simple but nevertheless it deals with the question of gravity which may be at times a little confusing. The special effects are really astonishing and the soundtrack really suggestive. My vote is 8/10. Expand
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  5. Mar 18, 2013
    After reading the reviews, I had modest expectations going into this one. I was so pleasantly surprised! This film packs in so many themes, the twin worlds embody so many metaphors, and it's simply an excellent love story. If you were at all interested by Dark City, Melancholia, Brazil, the Adjustment Bureau and other sci-fi films of their ilk, you'll be at least amused by this one. It's not extremely heavy or dark. but it's visually beautiful and entertaining. Expand
  6. May 8, 2013
    To start with:It is not one of the movies that you must have see before you die but its not as bad as some people say.Its innovative at some parts.The gravity idea is fresh and the design is good.Of course the music is very bad timed some times and there some physical mistakes but i think that that doesnt pulled the movie down.In my opinion Upside Down is a average movie with an outstanding idea behind it.Its not the best but also its not the worst.All in all its good average.And Kirsten Dunst is absolutely stunning! Expand
  7. Mar 22, 2013
    This movie was just plain bad. I don't know what movie the positive reviewers were watching. But, surely it wasn't what I saw. The amount of poor direction, bad editing, and bad sound, was enough to make me and everyone else I saw it with, scratch their collective heads in amazement. I can't even say the visuals were good. The overly digitized backgrounds, and sometime grainy, overly produced, foreground, was enough to pull this viewer right out of suspension of disbelief, into sheer disbelief. You would think that the powers that be could see how bad it was, and not embarrass the actors who are all good outside of this travesty, and just shelve it (or direct to dvd). I don't know what else to say, because I don't know where to start. Worst movie I have seen in ages. Almost as bad as that Travolta abortion 'Be Cool'. Expand

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