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Upstream Color Reviews

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Travis Hopson

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 Source: | Original Score: 1.5/5

October 5, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 5, 2013
Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly
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One eventually grows so weary of discerning the signal from the noise that it all blurs together.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 26, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

Upstream Colour appears to have been made by a Terrence Malick fan injected with a David Cronenberg parasite.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 2/5

October 4, 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
Jeremy Kay

A baffling, opaque mess. But at least it's got a baby pig.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

January 23, 2013
Robert Levin

The movie's deep emotional underpinnings are compromised by too many images that skew toward a dense, abstract sensibility.

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 12, 2013
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

The dialogue is sparse and much of the imagery and action is open to interpretation. I was intrigued, frustrated, repulsed, bewildered and ultimately bored

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 17, 2013
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 17, 2013
Matt Pais

Pretentious hogwash--sometimes literally. Coherence is not your enemy, buddy, but you and your movies are why some people hate independent cinema.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 1/4

April 11, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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"Upstream Color" lacks both a clear point and, more crucially, a point of view.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

April 5, 2013
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
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times

At times the movie has a stunning George Saunders-level sci-fi blues . . .  but really, it's NYC hipster existentialism.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 29, 2013
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

So soft-focus is Shane Carruth's praised anticipated 'Upstream Color' that any adjectives might be applied except 'coherent' and 'bearable.'

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

April 4, 2013
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman

The danger with a style that is this closed-off is that it can repel our pleasure as well as our understanding.

Full Review Source: New Statesman

August 29, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

April 3, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Upstream Colour has the makings of a cult movie, though it's not a cult I feel inclined to join.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

September 2, 2013
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

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 Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 12, 2013
Anthony Kaufman
Screen International

As visionary and beautiful as it may be, Upstream Color wears its pretensions a little too proudly.

Full Review Source: Screen International

January 22, 2013
Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
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It's a bloodless movie, and its ideas aren't as tricky or complex as Carruth's arch, mannered approach might suggest.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 3, 2013
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