(I) (2012)

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Metascore

Based on 22 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
True originality is so rare that it’s a treat to welcome a movie as completely different and provocative as Upside Down. It’s unlike anything you have ever seen.
50
This head-scratcher boasts visual imagination to spare even as its logistical complexities and heavy-handed symbolism ultimately prove off-putting.
50
Without a strong narrative engine, Upside Down ends up exactly where it shouldn't go: sideways.
42
Sturgess and Dunst are two actors who have the potential to excel; “Heartless” and “Melancholia” both hold notable performances from them that serve the story and its themes well. Here though, Solanas does the pair no favors.
42
Upside Down is a very fancy piece of junk.
40
The movie builds to a particularly deflating anticlimax, passing over an inevitably apocalyptic confrontation between spheres with a wink-wink, nudge-nudge bit of dialogue that’s like a rejected punchline from a Douglas Adams novel.
40
Village Voice
Solanas comes up with arresting images; it's in telling the story that he stumbles, getting so tripped up in the allegorical details of his invented universe that his characters suffer.
40
Its compelling conceit is immediately weighed down by leaden execution.
38
Slant Magazine
The highlight of the film is the moment Jim Sturgess's Adam inadvertently pisses on the ceiling.
16
Moment for moment, Upside Down is the most embarrassing, hilarious, obliviously stupid movie since M. Night Shyamalan’s "The Happening," and its constant pursuit of a striking image over any other consideration undermines it at every turn.

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