More a series of obtuse moments loosely connected by the most threadbare of plots, it's unfortunately one of those films some will praise merely because they don't want to be left out in the cold.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
This enigma-delivery system from a sharp mind has enthralling moments but becomes a bit enervating in its self-seriousness. By the end, the whole thing feels more academic than mind-bending.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
One eventually grows so weary of discerning the signal from the noise that it all blurs together.
Upstream Colour appears to have been made by a Terrence Malick fan injected with a David Cronenberg parasite.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: C-
A baffling, opaque mess. But at least it's got a baby pig.
The movie's deep emotional underpinnings are compromised by too many images that skew toward a dense, abstract sensibility.
The dialogue is sparse and much of the imagery and action is open to interpretation. I was intrigued, frustrated, repulsed, bewildered and ultimately bored
It's a film that audiences will either loath or admire; I doubt it can be loved, too austere and distant, too dissonant, too incoherent in fact
Pretentious hogwash--sometimes literally. Coherence is not your enemy, buddy, but you and your movies are why some people hate independent cinema.
| Original Score: 1/4
"Upstream Color" lacks both a clear point and, more crucially, a point of view.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
At times the movie has a stunning George Saunders-level sci-fi blues . . . but really, it's NYC hipster existentialism.
| Original Score: 3/5
So soft-focus is Shane Carruth's praised anticipated 'Upstream Color' that any adjectives might be applied except 'coherent' and 'bearable.'
The danger with a style that is this closed-off is that it can repel our pleasure as well as our understanding.
Upstream Colour has the makings of a cult movie, though it's not a cult I feel inclined to join.
Upstream Color is an admirable workout for the mind that regrettably falls short -- try as it might -- in offering the heart a similar trial.
As visionary and beautiful as it may be, Upstream Color wears its pretensions a little too proudly.
It's a bloodless movie, and its ideas aren't as tricky or complex as Carruth's arch, mannered approach might suggest.
Like Primer, Upstream Color was written, directed, produced, edited and scored by its star. So there is at least one person out there who presumably knows what it all means.