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
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
Violence
3 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

1 star

Imagine my surprise after watching this movie and discovering it is set to be release a year later. Why? Dozen of people have clearly already seen the movie and those who have seen it were left underwhelm with the whole experience. As much it does pain me to tell the community this a film not worth waiting for; at the same it will save you money to watch other films worth the price of admission next year. Upside Down is set in a world where dual gravity exists. In this world, we have the upper class with all the rich people on top and the lower class on the bottom. With this world one would expect a fresh way to view the huge gap in the class system and possibly be a character study as our character explore the two different worlds, except the narrator in the beginning specially tells us this is a love story. A poorly told love story at that too. Why tell a love story if that is were the least amount of focus is put into. It makes no sense. The romance aspect is underdeveloped and even oddly rushed at times considering the couple never rarely share scenes together. It doesn't help either that the love story at times is can be cheesy. The movie is trying to tell a love story, but not having a focus on developing the romance itself is a puzzling decision. What makes this film even more disappointing is that its world is interesting and could have served a more effective use for storytelling. We have a world were a difference between wealth is clearly evidenced and a character that discovers how to enter the other world. It had so much potential to use it world for another kind of story, instead it rather tell a love story where little effort was out into. I do want to say that Jim Sturgess is one of my favorite actor and it pains me to heavily criticize him for not being on the top of his game here. Sturgess is a great dramatic actor that unfortunately lacks the charisma to be an interesting leading actor in a romance. Sure some women will find him attractive, but the lack of chemistry with Kristen Dunst preventing us from buying the romance. Kristen Dunst is oddly underused and rarely shares scenes with Sturgess. Why rarely have the two central actors barely share any scenes if the main focus is a love story. Whereas Sturgess does at least try to make the romance convincing, Dunst does not put any care in her role. What the film does get right is being original and its visual. At times the film provides some breathtaking photography, but beautiful imagery is not enough to carry an entire film. I do have to say that all studios, regardless of the movie quality must be kept out of the audience hands if intended for a theatrical release. This is the fourth time this year I got my hands on a movie before its initial release. I don't intentionally try to see movie before there official release, but the lack of care from the studios gives me no other option but provide an honest view on the film. Unfortunately in this case I have to say that this movie is worth a rental at best and not the price of admission on the big screen.

- juliomendez19941, Friday, December 21, 2012