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Upstream Color Reviews

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Top Critic
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 7, 2013
Intriguing and enigmatic.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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
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
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.
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
August 30, 2013
The themes may be numerous and varied - concerns about drugs, surveillance, disease, alienation - but the story does have an impeccable (albeit deeply buried) logic to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
August 30, 2013
In the best possible way it'll get under your skin like the parasitic worms dispensed by the Thief.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Lee Davies
Little White Lies
August 29, 2013
Baffling, intoxicating, elegant, Shane Carruth's long-overdue follow-up to Primer is among the year's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
Rich Cline
August 29, 2013
Too-clever filmmaker Shane Carruth'sfascinating 2004 time-travel thriller Primer was confusing enough, but he goes a step further with this utterly impenetrable freak-out mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 29, 2013
A confounding intellectual mystery, an enigmatic philosophical science fantasy that's like a cinematic Moebius strip.
Peter Bradshaw
August 29, 2013
If Upstream Color is not quite the masterpiece we were hoping for, it's a film with its own affectless mystery and chill.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
August 28, 2013
Carruth's mindmelt of mesmerism, metempsychosis and micro-organisms will leave some a little cold, most bemused if not utterly baffled, and near all needing to see it a second time.
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
August 27, 2013
The most visually imaginative American film since David Lynch's Eraserhead.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground
August 26, 2013
This gorgeous, unknowable, deeply affecting film makes Primer look almost conventional, given time travel is a genre filmgoers know a little something of.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
August 25, 2013
A perfectly judged, strikingly beautiful film, but also a lunatic enterprise which invites - even welcomes - befuddlement as much as wonder. A true original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Glasby
Total Film
August 22, 2013
Even if you don't know what's going on, you rarely doubt that Carruth knows exactly what he's doing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
August 18, 2013
Carruth's second feature proudly follows his debut Primer (2004) in its audacity, intellect and astonishing originality. Carruth does not make films for fools, but nor does he try and fool anyone; if you're willing to look, it's all there.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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