Box art for Upside Down

Upside Down

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

independent, special interest


A young man searches for his childhood love in an alternate universe that lies on top of his own.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    27%
  • Audience Score
    42%

common sense

ON for kids age 13
Violence
3 out of 5
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    27%
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  • Audience

    42%

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Good movie. The physics in this is a bit insane. There are two gravities, but matter keeps the gravity of the world its in. That matter burns after awhile because... of something... A man falls in love with a women. He's from the poor world, she's from the rich. He tries to find a way for them to be together. If you think about this movie you'll go crazy. But just watch the pretty pictures and you'll be entertained.

- jctrifile, Wednesday, March 20, 2013

4 stars

Good movie. The physics in this is a bit insane. There are two gravities, but matter keeps the gravity of the world its in. That matter burns after awhile because... of something... A man falls in love with a women. He's from the poor world, she's from the rich. He tries to find a way for them to be together. If you think about this movie you'll go crazy. But just watch the pretty pictures and you'll be entertained.

- jctrifile, Wednesday, March 20, 2013

3 stars

Never mind that you have to through out all belief of anything you've ever learned of planetary science.

- leighlake, Sunday, April 28, 2013