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Upstream Color Reviews

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Ray Pride

The remarkable Amy Seimetz is as central to the film as women in Krzysztof Kieslowski's late films, like Irène Jacob in "Three Colors: Red" and "The Double Life of Véronique" or Juliette Binoche in "Three Colors: Blue."

Full Review Source: Newcity

April 9, 2014
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

No amount of concentrated analysis can really explain the level of deep emotion that Upstream Color effortlessly evokes.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A

February 20, 2014
Ross Miller
The Verge

Upstream Color is a trippy and enjoyable exploration of connections both direct and indirect.

Full Review Source: The Verge

January 22, 2014
Wesley Morris
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What the movie points to is worth following until you're left with an enormous map that you spend the rest of the drive trying to refold.

Full Review Source: Grantland

January 3, 2014
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire

It's evocative, but beneath the stylised direction and the mesmerising soundtrack, perhaps a little cold, like a concept album without a fully formed idea to drive it.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 4/5

January 2, 2014
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review

An assured and artfully ragged mosaic of glassy nonlinearity.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

December 17, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Carruth's visual approach, saved from abstraction by his own rapid, forward-leaping editing, is extremely assured. Seimetz is a fine and expressively haunted actress. I look forward to the enigmas in Carruth's next picture.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 17, 2013
Christopher Gray
Boston Phoenix

The miracle of Upstream Color is that a film so carefully and exquisitely composed can yield so many moments of open-ended cinematic rapture.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

December 17, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

However you watch it, it's a movie that will mean more for you if you don't worry about what's happening minute-by-minute and, instead, just let your mind wander as its muted images and snippets of dreamy poetry flow.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

December 17, 2013
Michael Atkinson
Sight and Sound

Clearly, the film is intended as a tactile experience of poetic ideas, of modern disconnection and biophysical insecurity and existential doubt, and the clarity of these anxieties is bruising and stunning.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

December 17, 2013
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Carruth deserves kudos for trying to stretch the language of film, and Kris and Jeff have some interesting moments of self-discovery, but the fragments never add up to much.

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: C-

December 17, 2013
Lynden Barber

Mystifyingly cryptic yet oddly hypnotic.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

December 17, 2013
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

Iit's a film that I'd like to go back and look at again and give it a second go.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 3/4

December 17, 2013
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

It's not that it's not intriguing, but Carruth has withheld any sense of glue or cohesion or even a clue as to what he's getting at.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 3/4

December 17, 2013
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects

You have to work a bit harder to put the pieces together and you're responsible for the answers, but the effort is paid back with an exhalation, a single expression on Kris' face and the recognition of it in your own.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: A

December 17, 2013
Eric Kohn

By abandoning the need for specific interpretation, Carruth nails the fundamental inscrutability of the universe while remaining in awe of it the whole way through.

Full Review Source: indieWIRE | Original Score: A-

December 17, 2013
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist

Thematically rich, layered and hypnotic, Upstream Color is a maddeningly abstract and romantic examination of love, who we are as lovers, what our love does to one another, and how that's connected to the nature of all things.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: A

December 17, 2013
Melissa Maerz
Entertainment Weekly
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If the movie is a bit of a mystery, so is Carruth.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

December 17, 2013
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Should you see Upstream Color? A better question may be: How many times should you see it?

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 17, 2013
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

In a world where there are music stores that sell CDs of worm music, telepathically connected worm people and pigs commune on a farm and plot their revenge against a mad scientist. Well, not really, but sort of.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

December 8, 2013
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