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Upside Down (2013)



Critic Consensus: In spite of its wonderfully unusual premise and talented cast, Upside Down fails to offer much in the way of compelling drama to anchor its admittedly dazzling visuals.

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Ever since Adam (Jim Sturgess) and Eden (Kirsten Dunst) fell in love as teens, their bond has faced astronomical odds. The pair are separated not just by social class and a political system bent on keeping them apart, but also by a freak planetary condition: they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions-he on the poverty-stricken planet below, she on the wealthy, exploitative world above. Their budding but illicit romance screeches to a tragic halt when interplanetary-border patrol agents catch them and Eden suffers an apparently fatal fall. But when, ten years later, 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 infiltrate the company and the upper world to reconnect with her. UPSIDE DOWN is a visually stunning romantic adventure that poses the question: what if love was stronger than gravity?(c) Millenium

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Critic Reviews for Upside Down

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (21)

Soon enough the worlds of Up Top and Down Below feel like distractions, CGI Potemkin villages.

April 26, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A Romeo and Juliet story for the age of CGI overkill, Upside Down zigs where it should zag and dulls where it should dazzle.

April 25, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Absent any emotional grounding, the film is a gorgeous, sterile construction, like a dream city unoccupied by humans.

March 15, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

March 15, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4

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.

March 15, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"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."

March 15, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Upside Down


Really interesting premise, which makes for a lot of great visuals. Sadly, the logic behind that premise is lacking and the plot is merely a rehash of the usual Romeo and Juliet tropes. Thanks to that, the film hardly manages to keep our interest through the entire time. Missed opportunities all around.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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It has dazzling visuals (despite the director's obsession with lens flares and a CGI that looks a bit artificial) and an idea that is pretty original and intriguing, but it suffers from some glaring lack of internal plausibility and a naive ending that is too silly in its romantic optimism.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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The premise is good and the sci-fi element of it is interesting, too bad the romance doesn't really deliver.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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