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The Color Wheel

The Color Wheel (2012)

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85

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

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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

Unrated,

Drama, Comedy

Alex Ross Perry, Carlen Altman

$12.4k

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (5)

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

July 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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You might not "like" Perry's movie, but it's hard to deny the forensically assured sensibility at work.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Hard to swallow but impossible to ignore.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Perry and co-writer/star Carlen Altman are Colin and J.R., the most loathsomely lovable brother-sister duo in the history of cinema.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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The most entertaining unpleasant film I've seen in years.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine
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A deceptively shambling, post-mumblecore road trip through dark comic territory.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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Alex Ross Perry's The Color Wheel begins as a scrappy, antagonistically funny road comedy and ends as something altogether stranger.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

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

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

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

July 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

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.

July 2, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

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.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

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

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

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.

May 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

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