Upstream Color Reviews

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Travis Hopson
October 5, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
April 5, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly
February 26, 2013
One eventually grows so weary of discerning the signal from the noise that it all blurs together.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 4, 2013
Upstream Colour appears to have been made by a Terrence Malick fan injected with a David Cronenberg parasite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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-
Jeremy Kay
January 23, 2013
A baffling, opaque mess. But at least it's got a baby pig.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Levin
April 12, 2013
The movie's deep emotional underpinnings are compromised by too many images that skew toward a dense, abstract sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2013
The dialogue is sparse and much of the imagery and action is open to interpretation. I was intrigued, frustrated, repulsed, bewildered and ultimately bored
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2013
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
Matt Pais
April 11, 2013
Pretentious hogwash--sometimes literally. Coherence is not your enemy, buddy, but you and your movies are why some people hate independent cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 5, 2013
"Upstream Color" lacks both a clear point and, more crucially, a point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
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.
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
August 29, 2013
At times the movie has a stunning George Saunders-level sci-fi blues . . .  but really, it's NYC hipster existentialism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 4, 2013
So soft-focus is Shane Carruth's praised anticipated 'Upstream Color' that any adjectives might be applied except 'coherent' and 'bearable.'
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
August 29, 2013
The danger with a style that is this closed-off is that it can repel our pleasure as well as our understanding.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 3, 2013
No one is going to explain any of this for you-and the slightly snobby implication of Upstream Color is that explanations are for suckers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
September 2, 2013
Upstream Colour has the makings of a cult movie, though it's not a cult I feel inclined to join.
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
April 12, 2013
Upstream Color is an admirable workout for the mind that regrettably falls short -- try as it might -- in offering the heart a similar trial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Anthony Kaufman
Screen International
January 22, 2013
As visionary and beautiful as it may be, Upstream Color wears its pretensions a little too proudly.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
April 3, 2013
It's a bloodless movie, and its ideas aren't as tricky or complex as Carruth's arch, mannered approach might suggest.
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