Upstream Color Reviews

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John Bleasdale
Electric Sheep
August 8, 2013
This genre-defying oddity, this magnificent cinematic poem, is also quietly a brilliant and moving love story.
Alice Tynan
Limelight
August 7, 2013
A visceral, mind-bending curio...a film that leeches into
 you like watercolour on canvas; the less you know about the 
story going in, the better.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Eric D. Snider
TwitchFilm
July 12, 2013
Discussing it with people who got different things out of it has made me eager to reexamine it.
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
July 5, 2013
Upstream Color's mystery paralysed me.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013
Ultimately, Carruth's tale expresses that, despite the complexity and mutability of human beings, their essence persists.
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
June 28, 2013
Much like the worm that's forced into Kris's body, you can't wriggle free from this film and it won't stop growing inside you as time goes by.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Fyvie
The Skinny
June 27, 2013
Gorgeous, transcendent and affecting, just watch it and argue the toss later.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 24, 2013
A lush, deeply felt, very modern exploration of the need to find genuine connections in a cruel and (very) unusual world.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
It will leave you giddily befuddled. I've never been so swept away by being so lost.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Eddie Harrison
The List
June 20, 2013
For those prepared to go with the abstraction, Upstream Color is a rewarding and mind-blowing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
June 15, 2013
Shane Carruth's Upstream Color might even be better than his previous effort, Primer... [It's] a marvel of sci-fi storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 12, 2013
Carruth's experimental style has a certain level of artistry, and the film contains enough ambitious ideas to make it worthwhile.
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
June 9, 2013
A sumptuous enigma that's intricately constructed and beautifully shot, a film that would make Terrence Malick blush
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
May 23, 2013
It's no surprise that Upstream Color is a head-scratcher, but its untrammeled emotionalism comes as a shock to the senses.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
May 18, 2013
Carruth's complex and muted thriller is exquisitely made and acted. It's a film that challenges the viewer provoking fine existential questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 9, 2013
A cerebral, mournful mystery that resonates like a tuning fork struck on a far-off star.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 3, 2013
May represent a milestone in modern indie cinema, or at least a steppingstone between the smart microbudget work signified by star Amy Seimetz and the more grandiose aspirations associated with someone like -- dare I invoke the name? -- Stanley Kubrick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 3, 2013
Very few movies actually invite us in, meet us halfway, or offer us something. Upstream Color does that in such a unique, singular way that it's unlike almost any other movie I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 3, 2013
It presents us with a glimpse of the vastness of existence, of our inner nature, and of nature without that is as equally dreadful, enveloping, and terrifying as it is beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
May 2, 2013
Those who require a beating pulse to set the tempo for jigsaw puzzle moviegoing are hereby warned, as Carruth isn't interested in making things easy. He wants to squeeze your mind, not hold your hand.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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