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Upstream Color Reviews

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.
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
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-
December 17, 2013
If the movie is a bit of a mystery, so is Carruth.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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
August 27, 2013
The most visually imaginative American film since David Lynch's Eraserhead.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 9, 2013
A cerebral, mournful mystery that resonates like a tuning fork struck on a far-off star.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 3, 2013
It presents us with a glimpse of the vastness of existence, of our inner nature, and of nature without that is as equally dreadful, enveloping, and terrifying as it is beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 26, 2013
"Upstream Color" is splendid, transcendent weirdness.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 25, 2013
I loved it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 19, 2013
Sci-fi might have been too familiar a word, for what may induce a kind of hallucinatory melancholy in its viewers.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2013
Elliptical and utterly fascinating adventure in cinema, one that defies simple explanations, but worms its way into the brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 18, 2013
Taken as a whole, it's an impressive piece of filmmaking that shows Carruth's talents as director, actor, cinematographer and composer.
| Original Score: 4/5
April 12, 2013
Carruth may be something that the movies haven't yet seen, perhaps the first great realization of the democratization of filmmaking that digital technology and the Internet promised.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
April 12, 2013
Upstream Color is a deliberate exercise in swooning obscurity. You either go with its considerable sensory powers or you scratch a groove on your head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 11, 2013
Being completely understood at first glance is not on creator Shane Carruth's agenda, but while this may sound upsetting, it turns out to be quite the opposite.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 11, 2013
Visually and sonically hypnotic, it's an intensely sensory blend of internal monologue and unsettling mystery, draped over a thin skeleton of plot approached so obliquely that it seems almost inconsequential.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 11, 2013
No one else today approaches the genre in quite this way; the only precedent I can think of is Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth.
April 11, 2013
While I feel compelled to see it again, I don't have high hopes that it will make any more sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 11, 2013
Meanings are multiple, debatable and ultimately pointless. What really impresses about Upstream Color is Carruth's confident navigation of this fast river of ideas ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 11, 2013
Here is a movie you haven't seen before. If you think you have, it's probably because you swallowed a white worm that turned you into a pod-person subject to total mind control and now you're having flashbacks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
April 5, 2013
"Upstream Color" lacks both a clear point and, more crucially, a point of view.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 4, 2013
What I discern here is the work of a unique visual stylist and collage artist who's creating obsessive-compulsive allegorical puzzles, whose underlying philosophy is deliberately unclear.
April 4, 2013
A deeply sincere, elliptical movie about being and nature, men and women, self and other, worms and pigs ...
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 4, 2013
"Upstream Color" is weird, but it's worth the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 4, 2013
Upstream Color is one of the greatest realizations of the digital dream, which was supposed to allow filmmakers to express a full, idiosyncratic vision from outside the system.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 4, 2013
A romance, a thriller, and a science-fiction drama, "Upstream Color" tantalizes viewers with an open-ended narrative about overcoming personal loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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.
April 1, 2013
The artistry on display is indisputable, and thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 1, 2013
A vision as vast and as natural as it is reflexively cinematic and fiercely compassionate.
April 1, 2013
I've seen Upstream Color twice and liked it enormously while never being certain of anything.
February 26, 2013
One eventually grows so weary of discerning the signal from the noise that it all blurs together.
January 28, 2013
A relatively straightforward story steeped in abstract concepts upon which Carruth hangs themes of love, hope, fear, fate, free will, memory, identity, creativity, spirituality, the control of nature and the nature of control like so many paper chains.
January 22, 2013
Upstream Color is a stimulating and hypnotic piece of experimental filmmaking.
January 21, 2013
A dramatically obscure, technically brilliant experiment in speculative fiction from Shane Carruth.