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Downsizing (2017)



Critic Consensus: Downsizing assembles a talented cast in pursuit of some truly interesting ideas -- which may be enough for some audiences to forgive the final product's frustrating shortcomings.

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When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to over-population, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community--a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.

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Matt Damon
as Paul Safranek
Kristen Wiig
as Audrey Safranek
Christoph Waltz
as Dusan Mirkovic
Jason Sudeikis
as Dave Johnson
Neil Patrick Harris
as Jeff Lonowski
Laura Dern
as Laura Lonowski
Hong Chau
as Ngoc Lan Tran
Udo Kier
as Konrad
Brigette Lundy-Paine
as Dusan's Girlfirend
James Van Der Beek
as Anesthesiologist
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Critic Reviews for Downsizing

All Critics (301) | Top Critics (75)

All those disparate elements fail to gel.

August 27, 2018 | Full Review…

While Downsizing is not not about the end of human life on earth, it confronts the prospect with minimal sentiment, and uses it to ask questions about what the good life might consist of, here and now.

January 29, 2018 | Full Review…

With his latest film, Alexander Payne finds himself teetering uncomfortably atop a high-concept device and wrestling with tonal clashes.

January 28, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It offers a jumble of barely explored, quarter-baked ideas attached to a laborious plot.

January 25, 2018 | Full Review…

It starts out quick, sharp and funny and ends as a solemn and slow-moving leviathan: a movie overwhelmed by its own ecological and human implications ...

January 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Dare we say that this once admired indie writer-director, who made Exhibition, Sideways and About Schmidt, is developing a humourless streak?

January 24, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Downsizing


The premise and the believable set-up for the impossible are really well done. You can't help but be excited about where the film might run with that idea. Unfortunately, it almost comes to a stop after the first act, bathing in its own misery for a while. The appearance of the wonderful Hong Chau turns things around. She steals every scene she's in and her character is an absolute delight. You also can't blame the film for taking the easy way out, it does end up surprising you over again. The Norway scenes are almost as fantastic as visiting the shire. In the end, I can't blame people for being disappointed, but I applaud the film for trying to be something different and unlike anything you've seen before. Gotta appreciate that.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Watched most of it. Good idea that fizzled with the exit of the wife.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Even with such a promising idea and a talented cast (Hong Chau is amazing), it is a pity that Payne doesn't really manage to find a center for his story, creating an uneven film that always tries to come up with new things to say and to discuss but without knowing how to do so.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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