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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
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    critic review scores.

  • 100

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Easily the summer's, and probably the year's, most enchanting movie, Up is a buoyant delight.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A lovely, thoughtful, and yes, uplifting adventure.

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  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is another masterwork from Pixar, which is leading the charge in modern animation.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    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.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Pixar's stunning adventure is an upper for everyone.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Up is the second Pixar movie (after The Incredibles) to receive a PG rating, mostly due to a few potentially frightening scenes involving a band of trained talking dogs trying to get rid of the protagonists, some moments where characters almost fall from a floating house, and some guns firing. That said, it's Disney/Pixar, so the violence is mild. Viewers should note that an early wordless sequence follows an emotional and potentially upsetting trajectory that could trigger questions about old age, illness, and death.

  • Families can talk about the movie's central relationship between Carl and Russell. What does the movie have to say about multi-generational friendships?
  • What does a young boy teach an elderly man, and vice versa?
  • Kids: What kind of adventures do you dream of having?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Meant to entertain, but might inspire an interest in travel and adventure.

  • message true3

    Messages: Carl and Russell become friends and teach each other about responsibility, caring for nature, and the movie's main theme about "the spirit of adventure."

  • rolemodels true4

    Role models: Strong role models for multi-generational friendship and a successful marriage. Young Ellie befriends an otherwise lonely young Carl; they become best friends and later a married couple. He takes care of her after she grows ill, and he embarks on a journey to fulfill a lifelong dream of theirs.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: There's some mild peril from thunderstorms hitting the house, and a sad sequence that shows Ellie sick in the hospital and then Carl in a funeral home, surrounded by flowers. Both a real gun and a tranquilizer gun are fired at various characters. A house gets set on fire. Younger kids might be scared by some 3-D images that jump at them from the screen, as well as Muntz' dogs, which sometimes appear seemingly out of nowhere, growling and angry. Muntz tries to get rid of Carl and Russell, even if it means trying to kill them. One character falls to his death.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: This movie is part of the Disney-Pixar dynasty, with merchandise and other marketing tie-ins associated with the film.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Two adults drink out of champagne flutes.