Alexander Payne’s new movie, “Downsizing,” is three movies in one—a passable one, a terrific one, and a terrible one. They’re unified in the realization of the movie’s big idea, but the movie’s straining after a big idea is its overarching weakness. . . . For all its scintillating cleverness, it yields to a self-satisfied moralism to set up a final, painless twist that fuses virtue and pleasure, public good and private happiness.
December 29, 2017