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461 Ratings


Directed by Alexander Payne
United States, 2017
Comedy, Drama


A social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.

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Downsizing Directed by Alexander Payne
The audacity of Alexander Payne's new film lies in its willingness to ditch its high-concept premise and move on – and then do it again. As might be inferred from the title, Downsizingtakes place in a world where people choose to be shrunk for reasons of economy, more or less, but Payne is wise enough not to get caught up in the thickets of practical what-ifs and what-abouts, and his film has the rare quality of purposeful unpredictability.
January 25, 2018
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Although not everything about Downsizing is perfect, it proves Payne's strengths as a visual storyteller and his commitment to social realities. . . . Without ever descending into didacticism or deploying pinko terminology like "bourgeoisie," Downsizing offers some pretty brave critiques of how and whom capitalism keeps failing, regardless of size.
January 03, 2018
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It's an enormous movie—enormous in its ambition, and enormous in its ingenuity. As such, it is distinctly out of step with the times. Monumentality is acceptable in the action blockbuster, but when it comes to anything else, the small and the subtle and the half-toned are the markers of refined taste. . . . At a moment that celebrates unimpeachably "nice" filmmakers, Payne continues to be less concerned with trumpeting his virtues than with pressing viewers to question their own.
December 19, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Downsizing

    Sunk by its own earnestness. Payne's latest film had so much potential, but - aside from the insufferable, condescending representation of the Vietnamese character and the stereotypical portrait of the Scandi commune - Downsizing implodes in the third act. The issues are macro, but the direction is truly micro. Size matters and, no, it is not just a matter of perspective.

  • Andhika Eka Buana's rating of the film Downsizing

    A 6 seasons TV show cramped to a 2 hours film. So many things to explore from the material. This is why Payne seems confused to decide to one story and ultimately just let the film wanders through everything. Not a complain, only an observation.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Downsizing

    Though marketed as a comedy, Payne's latest is more social satire that misses more than it connects resulting in a rare misfire for the director. The initial premise is interesting as is some of the supporting casting but interest is lost along the way as the film becomes more tiresome in its pathos and mishandled 'romance'.

  • Jason's rating of the film Downsizing

    Aside from being consistently (offhandedly) funny and that odd (endearing) Alexander Payne kind of earnest, DOWNSIZING serves as a well-illustrated reminder that substantive change for the most part can only come w/ radical shifts in scale and perspective. Harsh reminder: there will never be a political economy from which inequality is subtracted. Loved her in INHERENT VICE, but Hong Chau is stupefyingly great here.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film Downsizing

    Of all the directors to take a top-tier concept and actually subvert it into something lesser than what even the allegedly lamest ideas suggests, Alexander Payne would've been the one I'd least expect. Some truly brilliant satirical ideas and "Pleasantville"-esque parallels is squandered for a treacly story of immigration and environmentalism that throws the premise off so gravely you forget the initial concept.

  • Artemis's rating of the film Downsizing

    Unfortunately several shades off of brilliance due to overly ambitious plotting and a tragic underuse of Kristen Wiig, but a slyly humanist take on our place in the great, wide world.

  • Z's rating of the film Downsizing

    Initially interesting, intriguing and provocative premise degenerates into offensive and stupid narrative turns that lead into ever increasingly embarrassing and dicey cultural waters. Damon seems glum and not up to the narrative heavy lifting the film desperately requires. Hong Chau's character is a regressive and offensive Asian stereotype. I could not even finish this crap. Cringe-worthy, sad cinematic stumble.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Downsizing

    There was so much fat to trim in this movie. Particularly all the stuff about the technology. The casting wasn't very good. Too many one-note actors. That's why Hong Chau was so amazing. She gave amazing depth to her character. Payne is so good with smaller casts, this seems like an opportunity wasted.

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