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Downsizing (15)

Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

A social satire in which a man realises he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself to five inches tall, allowing him to live in wealth and splendour. Read more …

The critical consensus

It’s a state-of-the-nation address by stealth, wry and wide-reaching.

Trevor Johnston, Little White Lies, 24/01/2018

Payne’s lm is full of invention, wit, great scenes and big — if not fully realised — intentions. Downsizing may be about a small world, but it is an audacious, out-sized peach of a picture.

****(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 23/01/2018

For all the high concept wonders at work, Payne can’t seem to break out of his own rut. Male self-pity is indulged once again.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 24/01/2018

Alexander Payne takes us down the rabbit hole of miniaturisation for a blisteringly brilliant film overwhelmed by its own implications.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 25/01/2018

The central idea never seems ridiculous and the special effects are never intrusive. The whole film is filled with clever ideas, whimsical distractions and poker-faced comic moments. However, it never quite gels into a convincing whole.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 26/01/2018

Matt Damon and director Alexander Payne squander the comic potential of this unwieldy high-concept satire.

***(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 28/01/2018

Features about Downsizing (15)

Alexander Payne: 'It's a big idea you could take in myriad directions'

Trevor Johnston, Little White Lies, 24/01/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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