Beyond The Black Rainbow
Beyond The Black Rainbow (2012)

Set in the strange and oppressive emotional landscape of the year 1983, Beyond the Black Rainbow is a Reagan-era fever dream inspired by hazy childhood memories of midnight movies and Saturday morning cartoons. From the producer of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 18, 2012
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012
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William Goss
MSN Movies

There's much to admire about Panos Cosmatos' directorial debut, but the end result is admittedly not for all tastes.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

Much of the time, watching Beyond the Black Rainbow is accompanied by head scratching, but perhaps that's the point of this trippy outing.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A film for people who might call Stalker their favorite movie of all time if only it were more opaque. So, you know, a little audience, but a passionate one.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The movie looks like it was lit by lava lamps, scored on Moog synthesizers, written between bong hits and acted underwater. None of this is meant as praise.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Close-ups of a needle penetrating gnarled toes and a mutant slathered in what I choose to believe is bittersweet chocolate make as much sense as the scary drawings of angry vulvas hiding in a drawer.

Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

Part Cronenberg, part Bava, and part De Palma ... It's a film that manages to feel both new and long-forgotten at the same time.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

"Beyond the Black Rainbow" has a doomy, dreamy, druggy, draggy feel that's impressively sustained - until it becomes oppressive, then pointless, then laughable.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

This would-be cult classic is the movie equivalent of gazing at a lava lamp for nearly two hours.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

The rich and strange debut of Panos Cosmatos throbs with style and portent, which proves a winning combination even if it is somewhat light in the narrative department.

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A mute telepathic woman is kept prisoner in a mysterious pyramid-power institute in the Reagan era in this slow paced, visually trippy pseudo-surreal sci-fi… More
Walter M.
When "Beyond the Black Rainbow" was released last year, I was intrigued because the critics were saying that it was weird. But they could not… More
Everett Johnson
There are three movies that I have watched in my lifetime that I can honestly say, I have no clue what it was about, and you really need drugs to understand.… More
Robert Brogan
Beyond the Black Rainbow is a B-movie with great visual style and synth scoring. I wanted to rate it up for those alone, but still it is a B-movie and it shows.… More
Nicki Marie
I could not do spoilers on this film if I wanted to - I could barely follow it. I suspect that was the whole idea of it. There were things I liked about it - I… More
Francisco Godinho
Like a wet dream of Jodorowski, Cronenberg, Lynch and Kubrick's 2001 combined into one, with a distinctive creepy sci-fi movie vibe hailing from the 70s… More