Up Reviews

  • As buoyant and richly tinted as the balloons that figure so prominently in its story, Up is also thoroughly grounded in real emotion and ideas of substance.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • As in their finest work, the Pixar filmmakers have created thrilling cinema simply by rifling through its history.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • A masterclass in narrative exposition, and the moments explaining their childlessness will bring a lump to your throat.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Easily the summer's, and probably the year's, most enchanting movie, Up is a buoyant delight.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Pixar has done it again, in every best way possible.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Because the movie's grounded, it's free to fly where it wants, and it does so with an exuberance and poignancy that at times feels majestic.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Rest assured, it gets funny. And it's thrilling, too, as the third act takes place almost entirely in the sky.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • While their latest achievement can't quite one-up WALL-E, it offers soaring highs that are bound to enchant viewers of any age.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • The characterizations are fairly coarse cartoons, in contrast to the emotionally rich cartoons that have become Pixar's hallmark. They're more schematic than organic, and that applies to the plotting as well.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • It propels the viewer up, up and away in an experience combining smart, imaginative storytelling with dazzling dreamlike visuals, creating an experience that is the special province of animation -- at once utterly convincing and completely impossible.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • The lessons of Up lift us, even as they ground our heroes in what really matters.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • The look of Up is a world away from Pixar's usual CGI intricacies -- simple in a way that only artists with a genius for complexity can achieve.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • The movie is packed with lovely jokes, some of them funny in inexplicable ways.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • This is a wonderful film. It tells a story. The characters are as believable as any characters can be who spend much of their time floating above the rain forests of Venezuela.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • It feels nervy and adventurous and a little messy, the result of formidable creators and genuine wits working on an enormous budget, enormously well-spent.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Writer-directors Pete Docter and Bob Peterson present hilarious insights into bird brains and canine psychology and treat thornier human emotions deftly.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • How much do I love this movie? If it were mathematically possible, I'd give it five stars out of four.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • From the title onward, Up is a stratospheric success. It's guaranteed to lift your spirits, and not with a pushy DreamWorks-style gag reel of celebrity voices and committee-processed one-liners.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • There are not words enough to express how good Up is.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Through its writing, direction and execution, Up doesn't just achieve hipness, it transcends it. With its spirit of fun and adventure, it echoes Raiders of the Lost Ark (only funnier) -- it's a thrill ride, but a thrill ride with heart.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

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