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Upstream Color Reviews

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November 11, 2017
Shane Carruth offers one of the most hypnotizing and attractive films I've ever experienced. Beautifully filmed and told, Upstream Color defies the mind and spirit. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 5, 2017
Blending languorous visual sensuality with a driving sense of paranoid urgency, this metaphorical mix of skin-crawling body horror and Lynchian mystery boasts a compelling dream logic that offsets its huge potential for being pretentious studenty twaddle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 21, 2017
Upstream Color is something else: a genuine, lasting mystery.
July 12, 2017
Shane Carruth is a talent to watch in the near future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 13, 2016
Carruth's film feels like a subconscious flow of fears and anxieties. But the clarity of this anxiety is bruising and stunning.
September 29, 2015
An equally frustrating and rewarding experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 9, 2014
The remarkable Amy Seimetz is as central to the film as women in Krzysztof Kieslowski's late films, like Irène Jacob in "Three Colors: Red" and "The Double Life of Véronique" or Juliette Binoche in "Three Colors: Blue."
February 20, 2014
No amount of concentrated analysis can really explain the level of deep emotion that Upstream Color effortlessly evokes.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 22, 2014
Upstream Color is a trippy and enjoyable exploration of connections both direct and indirect.
January 2, 2014
It's evocative, but beneath the stylised direction and the mesmerising soundtrack, perhaps a little cold, like a concept album without a fully formed idea to drive it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 17, 2013
An assured and artfully ragged mosaic of glassy nonlinearity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 17, 2013
Carruth's visual approach, saved from abstraction by his own rapid, forward-leaping editing, is extremely assured. Seimetz is a fine and expressively haunted actress. I look forward to the enigmas in Carruth's next picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 17, 2013
The miracle of Upstream Color is that a film so carefully and exquisitely composed can yield so many moments of open-ended cinematic rapture.
December 17, 2013
However you watch it, it's a movie that will mean more for you if you don't worry about what's happening minute-by-minute and, instead, just let your mind wander as its muted images and snippets of dreamy poetry flow.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2013
Clearly, the film is intended as a tactile experience of poetic ideas, of modern disconnection and biophysical insecurity and existential doubt, and the clarity of these anxieties is bruising and stunning.
December 17, 2013
Mystifyingly cryptic yet oddly hypnotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 17, 2013
Iit's a film that I'd like to go back and look at again and give it a second go.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2013
It's not that it's not intriguing, but Carruth has withheld any sense of glue or cohesion or even a clue as to what he's getting at.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2013
You have to work a bit harder to put the pieces together and you're responsible for the answers, but the effort is paid back with an exhalation, a single expression on Kris' face and the recognition of it in your own.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 17, 2013
By abandoning the need for specific interpretation, Carruth nails the fundamental inscrutability of the universe while remaining in awe of it the whole way through.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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