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The Color Wheel (2012)

The Color Wheel


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 19
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 13
Fresh: 11
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 220


Movie Info

The Color Wheel is the story of JR, an increasingly transient aspiring news-anchor, as she forces her disappointing younger brother Colin to embark on a road trip to move her belongings out of her professor-turned-lover's apartment. Problem is, these grown up kids do not get along, and are both too obnoxious to know better. Chaos and calamity are not far behind her beat up Honda Accord. Too bad that nobody else in the world can stand either of them. Not Colin's neglectful girlfriend, nor JR's … More

Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Alex Ross Perry , Carlen Altman
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Critic Reviews for The Color Wheel

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (6)

"The Color Wheel" partially recalls the scathing audacity of "The Graduate" some 45 years ago.

Full Review… | July 5, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

You might not "like" Perry's movie, but it's hard to deny the forensically assured sensibility at work.

Full Review… | June 7, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Hard to swallow but impossible to ignore.

Full Review… | June 7, 2012
Top Critic

Perry and co-writer/star Carlen Altman are Colin and J.R., the most loathsomely lovable brother-sister duo in the history of cinema.

Full Review… | June 7, 2012
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

The most entertaining unpleasant film I've seen in years.

Full Review… | June 7, 2012
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

A deceptively shambling, post-mumblecore road trip through dark comic territory.

Full Review… | June 7, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Altman and Perry manage a teasing banter that's true to most brother-sister relationships, while also hinting at an additional edge.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014

"The Color Wheel" turns up more annoyance than laughter.

Full Review… | August 22, 2014

Alex Ross Perry's The Color Wheel begins as a scrappy, antagonistically funny road comedy and ends as something altogether stranger.

Full Review… | September 14, 2012
Time Out Chicago

The Color Wheel requires a brand of empathy mainstream audiences are unaccustomed to, but rewards it with nearly revolutionary insight.

Full Review… | September 14, 2012
Boston Phoenix

It's so rare to see something this scathing and sweet and strange that I have to recommend it enthusiastically.

Full Review… | July 8, 2012

The film's out-of-nowhere shock value conclusion suggests that Perry and Altman were really at a loss as to how to tie everything up.

Full Review… | July 2, 2012

The result is a thorough examination of a generation-specific collective anxiety about doing anything, and of whether it's possible (or even worthwhile) to try to redeem oneself in a world gone ornery.

Full Review… | June 7, 2012
Film Comment Magazine

There's handmade and then there's amateurish. This, alas, is the latter.

Full Review… | May 31, 2012

A feat not only of filmmaking but of the mind's ability to deflect what it doesn't want to accept.

Full Review… | May 20, 2012
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The playacting and oddly veiled contempt evoke Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (if rewritten as a comedy about immaturity and starring tweens) while the quick-and-sharp sibling dynamics are like the Duplass Brothers on lemon juice.

Full Review… | May 18, 2012
Boxoffice Magazine

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