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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"The most visually imaginative American film since David Lynch's Eraserhead."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"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.""
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"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."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"The miracle of Upstream Color is that a film so carefully and exquisitely composed can yield so many moments of open-ended cinematic rapture."
‑ Christopher Gray, Boston Phoenix
"If the movie is a bit of a mystery, so is Carruth."
‑ Melissa Maerz, Entertainment Weekly
"A cerebral, mournful mystery that resonates like a tuning fork struck on a far-off star."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"No amount of concentrated analysis can really explain the level of deep emotion that Upstream Color effortlessly evokes."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"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."
‑ Martin Roberts, Fan The Fire
"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."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Should you see Upstream Color? A better question may be: How many times should you see it?"
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Upstream Color is a trippy and enjoyable exploration of connections both direct and indirect."
‑ Ross Miller, The Verge
"An assured and artfully ragged mosaic of glassy nonlinearity."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"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."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Sight and Sound
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