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Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
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  1. Reviewed by: Peter Sobczynski
    Sep 9, 2014
    88
    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: Peter Sobczynski
    Mar 18, 2013
    88
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Mar 14, 2013
    75
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Mar 12, 2013
    75
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Mar 14, 2013
    70
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mar 14, 2013
    70
    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. Upside Down can be beguiling if you're willing to invert disbelief.
  7. Reviewed by: James Adams
    Apr 25, 2013
    50
    Upside Down is no more than one big-budget, gussied-up fairy tale – a topsy-turvy Romeo and Juliet.
  8. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Mar 18, 2013
    50
    It starts off well enough, and Solanas has a marvelous sense of space and style. But he doesn't develop its story and doesn't truly draw out its characters.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 14, 2013
    50
    In Upside Down, writer-director Juan Solanas takes the gimmick about as far as it can go, rendering the metaphor of longing and separation in effective, and richly visual, terms. If anything, however, he goes too far.
  10. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 14, 2013
    50
    All Upside Down has is its love story, which despite the undeniable appeal of Sturgess and Dunst, never ignites. So the movie is like a huge package, wrapped in gold leaf, but containing a 10-dollar toaster. Fine. It's a toaster. It works. It's not garbage. But who can pretend it's not a disappointment?
  11. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 14, 2013
    50
    Without a strong narrative engine, Upside Down ends up exactly where it shouldn't go: sideways.
  12. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Mar 13, 2013
    50
    This head-scratcher boasts visual imagination to spare even as its logistical complexities and heavy-handed symbolism ultimately prove off-putting.
  13. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Mar 13, 2013
    42
    Upside Down is a very fancy piece of junk.
  14. Reviewed by: Charlie Schmidlin
    Mar 12, 2013
    42
    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.
  15. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Mar 18, 2013
    40
    A dystopic sci-fi romance about inverted planets that will have audiences wondering which way is up, but not really caring much or for very long.
  16. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 14, 2013
    40
    Its compelling conceit is immediately weighed down by leaden execution.
  17. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Mar 12, 2013
    40
    Solanas comes up with arresting images; it's in telling the story that he stumbles, getting so tripped up in the allegorical details of his invented universe that his characters suffer.
  18. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Mar 12, 2013
    40
    The movie builds to a particularly deflating anticlimax, passing over an inevitably apocalyptic confrontation between spheres with a wink-wink, nudge-nudge bit of dialogue that’s like a rejected punchline from a Douglas Adams novel.
  19. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 14, 2013
    38
    Argentine writer-director Juan Solanas’ fantasy romance 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.”
  20. Reviewed by: Sal Cinquemani
    Mar 13, 2013
    38
    The highlight of the film is the moment Jim Sturgess's Adam inadvertently pisses on the ceiling.
  21. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Mar 13, 2013
    16
    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.
  22. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 14, 2013
    10
    Did I mention that Upside Down is simply awful?
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 105 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Mar 15, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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. Full Review »
  2. Mar 16, 2013
    10
    Upside Down is a fantasy romance movie taking place in an hypothetical twin planet system where one planet is prosperous and the other is poorUpside Down is a fantasy romance movie taking place in an hypothetical twin planet system where one planet is prosperous and the other is poor and exploited
    by the first. It is one of those Jonathan Swift type of settings where the social commentary goes hand in had with a striking sense of wonder. The romantic story at the core of the film is nothing new, but the construction of this alternative reality, with its
    own set of physics is what will keep you in awe for the whole running time. Cgi never felt
    more organic (this was achieved by the seamless combination of computer generated graphics and
    practical effects), and Jim Sturgess gives a highly physical, touching and funny performance.
    Solanas proves to be a talent to reckon with.
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  3. Apr 19, 2015
    9
    Upside down is a science fiction movie but a tragic and romantic. The director is Juan Solanas and the main actors are Jim Sturgess (Adam) andUpside down is a science fiction movie but a tragic and romantic. The director is Juan Solanas and the main actors are Jim Sturgess (Adam) and Kirsten Dunst (Eden). This French-Canadian movie was realised in August 2012.

    I advise this amazing film to persons who love science fiction and love story.
    This movie is a romantic comedy and it's a movie beautifully and incredibly directed.
    I think this movie is an awesome and convincing story because the soundtrack and the special effects are amazing and beautiful.
    All along this movie Ifeel a billon of shivers in my body. It's fantastic ! Go and see this movie and you will be surprised !
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