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"Downsizing" follows a kindly occupational therapist who undergoes a new procedure to be shrunken to four inches tall so that he and his wife can help save the planet and afford a nice lifestyle at the same time. (imdb)

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Downsizing belongs to 7 collections
1. 90th Academy Reminder List (2017) (public: moderated by cowfrappe)
2. 75th Golden Globe Nominees - 2017 (public: moderated by cowfrappe)
3. 2017 Films to Watch (private: kendell)
4. Watchlist (private: kissgyozi)
5. 2018: Complete Watchlist (private: SageSledge)
6. Theatrical Watchlist '18 (private: SageSledge)
7. 2017: Close But No Cigar (private: SageSledge)
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TCI | Tier | Date Ranked | # Stars (Reviews)
Date User Score
Jan 22 SeanBerndorff SeanBerndorff
70T6
Jan 22 mjbreuer
56T3
Jan 21 CCLZA CCLZA
75T7
Jan 21 Eressea
72T2
Jan 21 caracal caracal
76T7
Jan 20 Temptershell Temptershell
68T4
Jan 19 FlorVdE
1T3
Jan 18 Teacher
69T7
Jan 18 SageSledge SageSledge
80T7
Some have described "Downsizing" as a heavy-handed environmental parable. Others consider it to be a biting political satire, in the vein of Payne's other films. While both statements may be true, I see "Downsizing" as a film that establishes a scenario and proceeds to show the benefits, downsides, and repercussions that come with it. It has something to say, but it doesn't tell you what to believe about any one idea or theme. It's dry, funny, bizarre, and utterly original. Definitely for me.
Jan 17 kbrinu kbrinu
76T4
Jan 15 Malcym
6T6
Jan 14 meliorism meliorism
70T6
Jan 14 cruiser721
30T1
Jan 14 Gody85 Gody85
35T3
Jan 13 aaasolanki aaasolanki
77T6
The premise is simple. Humanity finds a way to shrink itself to 5 inches tall as a solution to the world's problems. The movie focuses on mostly one person who has undergone this procedure but it also delves into very relevant questions that arise with a transformation like that. The movie has an open ending which is why it won't be a blockbuster. Nonetheless it will occupy a special place in the Sci-Fi books like Martian, Ex Machina or even Her.
Jan 13 zevel6
52T4
Jan 12 Exirel
50T4
Half-baked story, not very funny, actors under-used, good ideas for details kept in the background, and nothing smart out of it. Forgettable.
Jan 12 Leafs81215
55T4
Jan 11 CatScandal
71T7
Jan 10 0x1337
60T3
Jan 10 FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
49T4
Jan 08 bennick218
55T2
Jan 08 badjuice bad_juice
70T10
Jan 08 brendoman brendoman
84T3
Jan 08 bradilbrooks
85T5
Jan 07 timtight
90T4
Jan 07 Halfang Halfang
70T2
Jan 07 cankutozturk cankutozturk
74T4
Jan 06 msprague msprague
67T6
Entertaining but a touch long.
Jan 05 jvazquez93
65T2
Jan 05 circleoffilm
34T2
Jan 05 crazythinker
8T7
Jan 05 Filligan Filligan
47T1
Payne gets so wrapped up in concepts, he forgets the critical ingredients for an effective story. Damon's character is about as bland as you can get, and though the story keeps throwing curveballs at him, it's hard to read why any of it matters when we can't even read who he is as a person. I think this translates to a messy tone, too; it's all over the place and the humor never finds its footing. This is alarming. I know Payne can make poignant dramadies, but he's slipping lately.
Jan 05 Scarface Scarface
40T2
Jan 04 chiphall72
62T4
Jan 02 92filmgeek
70T8
Jan 02 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
45T4
Jan 02 filmaffinity filmaffinity
53T3
Jan 02 outTake outTake
84T8
Jan 01 lrifkin
30T3
Jan 01 obtiosov obtiosov
47T2
Dec 31, 2017 drawingboard drawingboard
70T6
Dec 31, 2017 haljordan2 haljordan2
1T6
Dec 31, 2017 beachguy
0T1
Dec 30, 2017 tjrink
63T6
Dec 30, 2017 ThirdAct
30T1
Dec 30, 2017 Nathan Nathan
53T3
Dec 30, 2017 PekkaVaino
77T8
Dec 29, 2017 canadianor canadianor
70T5
Dec 29, 2017 Russ Bedford
72T8
Dec 28, 2017 Dalboz Dalboz
68T3
Dec 28, 2017 bafflegab bafflegab
89T9
Dec 28, 2017 clayj41 clayj41
68T5
Dec 28, 2017 roujin roujin
60T6
Dec 28, 2017 shlebede shlebede
90T9
Dec 28, 2017 dhartle
6T3
Dec 27, 2017 blucthulhu
60T4
Dec 27, 2017 siowafc
25T5
Dec 27, 2017 bmikeo
80T6
Dec 26, 2017 nickbman nickbman
15T1
Dec 26, 2017 Matthew_Parkinson Matthew Parkinson (CineMarter)
40T4
Downsizing is, quite simply, a mess of ideas that never form a cohesive whole. It wants to be about so much that it winds up being about nothing much at all. Its characters aren’t interesting enough to make up for that, and its story plods from beat to beat. Its premise is solid, and there’s a good movie here somewhere, but Alexander Payne, for perhaps the first time in his career, was unable to find it. [Full Review]
Dec 26, 2017 wetwillies wetwillies
50T1
A movie of big ideas with absolutely no clue what to do with them. It's got probably three solid laughs, but it never really feels like a comedy. I guess it's not surprising that the story eventually veers off to be about immigration and climate change, but this part of the story just doesn't feel like it was actually thought out well enough, or maybe it simply can't peacefully coexist with a classic Payne style story about a boring, soul-searching middle-aged white man.
Dec 26, 2017 gecko
68T2
Dec 26, 2017 Midaso
3T4
Dec 25, 2017 Proximity Proximity
55T4
Dec 25, 2017 Warren Warren
58T1
Three main issues with this one. Firstly, it has a hell of a high concept that we don't explore nearly enough of. Payne hints at big ideas but doesn't dig very deep. Secondly, Payne has been very good at writing interesting protagonists but Damon's character is a boring, passive cipher who doesn't connect us to the action on any kind of human or emotional level. Thirdly, the pacing, flow and tone are all off. It's just plain boring. Watch it for Hong Chau's performance but that's kind of it.
Dec 24, 2017 saudade saudade
49T2
The juvenile sense of humor in widely ridiculed comedies is often diluted into awful dramedies that everyone pretends are complex. Luckily, most people are with me on this particular one.
Dec 24, 2017 thebalkabaa thebalkabaa
55T4
Dec 24, 2017 sellis
70T5
Dec 23, 2017 loosecanons loosecanons
9T8
Dec 23, 2017 zevins
25T4
Unnecessarily long
Dec 23, 2017 brickwall brickwall
78T8
Goes very in depth with how downsizing works but I would've enjoyed hearing how their tiny lungs filter out toxins and how their tiny eardrums don't explode at the sound of big people footsteps. I want a show where Christoph Waltz and Udo Kier sit on a couch and talk about European culture. P.S. I bet Stewball will hate this film if he ever sees it. He'll probably say something about Hong Chau being a pandering casting choice and complain about the environmental commentary or some such.
Dec 23, 2017 explorer explorer
65T5
Dec 23, 2017 Jonrock411
6T4
Dec 23, 2017 Dumptruk4Lif Dumptruk4Lif
85T8
Not sure what all the disdain for this movie is about. Granted, the humor is very dry, and a lot of the tone of the movie is mundane, but it's doing it on purpose and quite well. This is the first time I've seen an Asian female lead in an American movie, which is the best performance in this. And it's not just doing it for the sake of it. There's a good, powerful message in it, and the world is fully realized and brilliant.
Dec 23, 2017 WhatTheFlick WhatTheFlick
63T5
Dec 23, 2017 filmcricket
53T5
Dec 22, 2017 MetaCritic2 MetaCritic2
63T6
Dec 22, 2017 EricDSnider2 EricDSnider2
88T9
Dec 21, 2017 NothingsGood NothingsGood
40T4
Inconsequential black comedy pretending to be consequential satire. Definitely more of a pity fuck. Or a drunk fuck.
Dec 20, 2017 nickv nickv
52T3
Nov 11, 2017 thewire thewire
14T2
confusingly bad. an amnesiac film that resets every 15min.
Oct 13, 2017 cayh
70T6
Oct 13, 2017 Gnalkthere Gnalkthere
50T2
Fuuuuuuuuck, this was a disappointment. I felt like this film had no idea what to do with the concept and it ended so abruptly like what the hell. In what could've been a so-bad-it's-good fuckfest this film turns into a product of environmentalism and classist bullshittery
Sep 23, 2017 Ofterdingen Ofterdingen
42T3
Weak.
Sep 14, 2017 DancingP
47T2
Sep 13, 2017 CarsonWid
67T5
Charming but forgettable.
Aug 31, 2017 walkabout walkabout
60T4
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