Upstream Color Reviews

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Ray Pride
Newcity
April 9, 2014

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."

Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014

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

Full Review | Original Score: A
Ross Miller
The Verge
January 22, 2014

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

Wesley Morris
Grantland
Top Critic
January 3, 2014

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.

Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
January 2, 2014

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 | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
December 17, 2013

An assured and artfully ragged mosaic of glassy nonlinearity.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
December 17, 2013

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Gray
Boston Phoenix
December 17, 2013

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

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

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Atkinson
Sight and Sound
December 17, 2013

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.

Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
December 17, 2013

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 | Original Score: C-
Lynden Barber
sbs.com.au
December 17, 2013

Mystifyingly cryptic yet oddly hypnotic.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
December 17, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
December 17, 2013

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
December 17, 2013

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 | Original Score: A
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
December 17, 2013

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 | Original Score: A-
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist
December 17, 2013

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 | Original Score: A
Melissa Maerz
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
December 17, 2013

If the movie is a bit of a mystery, so is Carruth.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
Top Critic
December 17, 2013

Should you see Upstream Color? A better question may be: How many times should you see it?

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 8, 2013

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 | Original Score: B
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