Upstream Color Synopsis
A man and woman whose intense connection becomes deeply intertwined in the biorhythms of an eternal organism.
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The Playlist

By Rodrigo Perez
You may not be able to figure it out, but that's part of the point of this sensually-directed, sensory-laden experiential (and experimental)...
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Time Out London

By Trevor Johnston
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...
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indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Upstream Color is routinely confusing but not oppressively so; its final exquisite moments explain little yet still manage to invite you in.
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90

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
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....
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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...
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Slant Magazine

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Upstream Color is lush, rhythmic, and deeply sensual, a film of exceptional beauty.
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Chicago Sun-Times

A romance, a thriller, and a science-fiction drama, Upstream Color tantalizes viewers with an open-ended narrative about overcoming...
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Tirdad Derakhshani
Dense, richly textured, and emotionally fraught - uplifting and devastating in equal parts - Shane Carruth's masterful sophomore effort is...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Upstream Colors certainly is something to see if you’re into brilliant technique, expressive editing, oblique storytelling, obscuritanist...
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80

Empire

By Kim Newman
How to sum up? You have to make synapse-spark connections, interpret events to your own satisfaction, pick up visual cues (a long stretch of...
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Excellent -- but you've got to actively engage

By PiercedToTheHeart
Upstream Color is excellent in both its filmcraft and its exploration of life. That said, it is an ethereal sort of film that will not hand you answers on a silver platter. It raises questions...

Worse movie ever

By paperbag8
I saw this movie with 3 other friends and we all thought this was the worse movie ever. If you can stand a film that barely has any talking, has a kidnapping where worms are injected in another's...

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This film failed on every level.

By ahwhodat
As usual the trailer misrepresented what this film was really about. I can't tell you what this film is about. I doubt the writer/director could tell you what this film was about. It is a complete...

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