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Based on 27 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 88
    Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer

    Dense, richly textured, and emotionally fraught - uplifting and devastating in equal parts - Shane Carruth's masterful sophomore effort is an abstract, elusive, but emotionally engaging love story that's more tone poem than drama. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Upstream Color is weird, but it’s worth the time. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Upstream Colors certainly is something to see if you’re into brilliant technique, expressive editing, oblique storytelling, obscuritanist speculative fiction or discovering a significant new actress. show more

  • 88
    Chicago Sun-Times

    A romance, a thriller, and a science-fiction drama, Upstream Color tantalizes viewers with an open-ended narrative about overcoming personal loss. show more

  • 88
    Boston Globe

    Henry David Thoreau plays an enigmatic role in Shane Carruth’s hypnotic thriller — an oxymoronic term to describe a film that is truly sui generis. show more

  • 88
    Slant Magazine

    Upstream Color is lush, rhythmic, and deeply sensual, a film of exceptional beauty. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Shane Carruth’s 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. show more

  • 63
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    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. show more

  • 100
    Trevor Johnston Time Out London

    If you’ve ever sat at your desk wondering whether there’s more to life, or been kept awake by an insidious hum in the darkness, this will speak to your soul – even as its enveloping, disturbing, uplifting story sends your mind reeling with giddy possibilities. show more

  • 90
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    It’s all a neat trick. Or exercise. Or brain-teaser. Whatever you want to call it, Upstream Color is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. But once you have seen it, once isn’t going to be enough show more

  • May 02, 2013 stevemcq02
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    Wow! Original. Intelligent. Hypnotic. Go see this movie.

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