Downhill

critic Reviews

, 37% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Fittingly named for a remake whose charms are dwarfed by its superior source material, Downhill is frequently -- and frustratingly -- less than the sum of its talented parts.
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    Katie WalshTribune News Service
    "Downhill" retains the essential DNA of "Force Majeure," and therefore remains a strange and prickly piece of work.
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    Kathleen SachsChicago Reader
    The film oversimplifies the complexities of the original, however contrived they might have been, and generally lacks Östlund's subtlety and plaintiveness.
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    Jake WilsonThe Age (Australia)
    For this to work, every nuance has to be just right -- and the lack of specificity here suggests that Faxon and Rash haven't much of their own to say about either long-term marriages or Americans abroad.
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    Ed PottonTimes (UK)
    What's that hurtling down the piste? Another rubbish US remake of a European art-house hit? Actually, no. This version of Force Majeure... isn't quite as wonderfully unsettling, but it's not far off.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    It's funny, but aggressively simplified, like swapping out a roquefort for a pack of Dairylea Dunkers.
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    Robbie CollinDaily Telegraph (UK)
    Something that might have been drawn up by a cringe-comedy algorithm, or a team of aliens whose understanding of the human condition was derived from a skim-view of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
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    Matthew ToomeyABC Radio Brisbane
    I realise why you take great foreign language movies and remake them for English speaking audiences but I'm not sure there's a single element of Downhill that is the equal of the original film.
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    Stephen A. RussellThe New Daily (Australia)
    Force Majeure literally means "superior force" in French, so maybe they had no hope, but there's also something ugly about this latest in a long line of US studios breaking foreign films an attempt at remaking them.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    'Downhill' is a perfect word to describe the steep slide into disappointment that your expectations will take when you think about how this movie wastes the talents of Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell.
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    Allen AlmacharThe MacGuffin
    If you're looking for something a little more than a pretty good comedy/drama, you might come away slightly disappointed.
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