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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as Paul Safranek
as Audrey Safranek
as Dusan Mirkovic
as Dave Johnson
as Jeff Lonowski
as Laura Lonowski
as Ngoc Lan Tran
as Dusan's Girlfirend
Critic Reviews for Downsizing
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.
With his latest film, Alexander Payne finds himself teetering uncomfortably atop a high-concept device and wrestling with tonal clashes.
It offers a jumble of barely explored, quarter-baked ideas attached to a laborious plot.
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 ...
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.
Watched most of it. Good idea that fizzled with the exit of the wife.
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.
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