Beyond The Black Rainbow Reviews

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Inkoo Kang
Boxoffice Magazine
June 29, 2012
'Beyond' would be more interesting with limitations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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William Goss
MSN Movies
March 21, 2013
There's much to admire about Panos Cosmatos' directorial debut, but the end result is admittedly not for all tastes.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 17, 2012
Add two more stars here if zoning out to weirdo-dreamy, '80s public-access TV with a synthesizer soundtrack is your idea of midnight fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 28, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] Yes, this movie is even worse than "Battlefield Earth."
Full Review | Original Score: F
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 15, 2012
If you follow the muddled spacy film's logic throughout, you deserve a merit honor badge for devotion to service beyond the call of duty.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
July 16, 2012
While never quite dull, 'Beyond the Black Rainbow' doesn't achieve all the chills it's capable of.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 18, 2012
This would-be cult classic is the movie equivalent of gazing at a lava lamp for nearly two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
June 7, 2012
"Beyond the Black Rainbow" has a doomy, dreamy, druggy, draggy feel that's impressively sustained - until it becomes oppressive, then pointless, then laughable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
June 7, 2012
Much of the time, watching Beyond the Black Rainbow is accompanied by head scratching, but perhaps that's the point of this trippy outing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
May 18, 2012
Close-ups of a needle penetrating gnarled toes and a mutant slathered in what I choose to believe is bittersweet chocolate make as much sense as the scary drawings of angry vulvas hiding in a drawer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
May 21, 2012
It's pretentious and definitely not for all tastes.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 4, 2012
Nothing much happens in this experimental-type science fiction horror film. What little does happen is at a slow-motion snail's pace.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 26, 2012
The movie looks like it was lit by lava lamps, scored on Moog synthesizers, written between bong hits and acted underwater. None of this is meant as praise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
June 8, 2012
Comprehensibility does not appear to be one of this writer/director's goals, but if someone is able to help Cosmatos marshal his raw visual talent, I'll be first in line to see his second film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 15, 2014
Part Cronenberg, part Bava, and part De Palma ... It's a film that manages to feel both new and long-forgotten at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Witney Seibold
CraveOnline
August 25, 2012
The product of a fevered mad auteur... May prove to be one of the more rewarding and disturbing film experiences in many a year.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
January 20, 2013
Audiences who appreciate oddball first efforts from talents such as Lynch (Eraserhead), Cronenberg (Shivers) and Jeunet (Delicatessen) will be thankful.
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
May 17, 2012
Beyond The Black Rainbow is more surface than substance, but those surfaces are gleamingly polished enough to make for a hypnotic experiment that goes beyond genre pastiche or art-school wankery to seem formally daring.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
May 17, 2012
A film that's shockingly disturbing at times but also quite beautiful in its artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
April 19, 2011
A reverential ode to Kubrick, Argento, Cronenberg, Altered States, John Carpenter synth scores, '70s sci-fi and '80s fantasy, and mind-boggling, hyper-stylized madness.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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