Upstream Color
Upstream Color (2013)

A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. (c) Official Facebook

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 7, 2013
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As technically brilliant as it is narratively abstract, Upstream Color represents experimental American cinema at its finest -- and reaffirms Shane Carruth as a talent to watch.

Wesley Morris
Grantland

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.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Should you see Upstream Color? A better question may be: How many times should you see it?

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Ray Pride
Newcity

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."

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

The most visually imaginative American film since David Lynch's Eraserhead.

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

No amount of concentrated analysis can really explain the level of deep emotion that Upstream Color effortlessly evokes.

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Melissa Maerz
Entertainment Weekly

If the movie is a bit of a mystery, so is Carruth.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A cerebral, mournful mystery that resonates like a tuning fork struck on a far-off star.

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Ross Miller
The Verge

Upstream Color is a trippy and enjoyable exploration of connections both direct and indirect.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Upstream Color is an idea. The idea serves to solve no purpose other than to simply be an idea. Shane Carruth's idea. It's impossible for me not to… More
Carlos Magalhães
A very interesting psycho-thriller that challenges us all to interpret its complex narrative and cryptic symbolism, even if the result is not exactly involving… More
Matthew Slaven
Thankfully, the absurdity of this creative piece is set up at the very beginning, and it stays within its rules. Upstream Color is very abstract, requiring more… More
Mark Hobin
There's something to be said for experimental cinema. If you think the greatest transgression is when a filmmaker doesn't trust his audience to… More
Mario L McKellop
Shane Carruth's "Upstream Color," which opens at the Cedar Lee Theatre on Friday, is easily one of the best films of the year. It engages… More
Jim Hunter
After they're both kidnapped and drugged, a man and woman fall in love, but their lives seem inextricably tied to mysterious urges. I watched… More