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Upside Down Review

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2.5

Dave White Profile

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

  • 3.0
    43

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Upside Down is a very fancy piece of junk.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Without a strong narrative engine, Upside Down ends up exactly where it shouldn't go: sideways.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    This head-scratcher boasts visual imagination to spare even as its logistical complexities and heavy-handed symbolism ultimately prove off-putting.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Sci-fi romance has great visuals but poor storytelling.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Upside Down is a sci-fi romance set on another world. Violence is the biggest issue, though it's still fairly light: Expect a few shootouts, minor injuries, and a character being abducted and beaten up off screen. A dead body is also shown in an early scene, and a character tells how he was orphaned due to an explosion at an oil plant. Main characters kiss, and it's implied that they have sex (the woman becomes pregnant). There's no language other than one use of "God" and a middle finger gesture. A central character smokes a cigar. While the movie's visuals are impressive, the storytelling is subpar, so it's likely that only the most die-hard teen sci-fi fans will be able to enjoy the film.

  • Families can talk about Upside Down's violence. How much of it was necessary to tell the story?
  • How would a world evolve in which one group was considered "better" than another group? Can you think of any other stories or real-life examples with this same theme?
  • What questions would you ask a scientist about how the Upside Down world works?
  • Was Adam's quest for love selfish or selfless?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: The movie takes place in a society wherein one group of people assumes superiority over another group. A small number of people disagree with this idea and try to change it in a positive way, without violence.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: The main character eventually teaches the world a valuable lesson about living together -- though his motivation is romance, and he goes about getting what he wants in an underhanded way (including lying).

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A dead body is shown in an early scene. A few scenes of guns and shooting. The main characters are wounded, though not seriously hurt. The main character sports a bloody cut over one eye. He's also abducted by a carload of thugs, beaten up, and dumped in an alley. In a back story, the main character explains that he was orphaned due to an explosion in an oil plant.

  • sex false2

    Sex: The two main characters kiss several times. In the final scene, the woman informs the man that she's pregnant. This implies that they've had sex at some point, though no nudity or sex is actually shown.

  • language false1

    Language: "God" is spoken once. A middle finger gesture is used.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A central character smokes cigars. The main characters drink a special kind of blue drink from a cocktail glass, though it's not clear whether it's alcoholic. (No intoxicating effects are shown.)

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