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Upstream Color

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killingspree, Metacritic
19 November 2013
  • Summary: Anyone who rates this pretentious garbage above 0 is a brainwashed idiot. This movie is a huge waste of time with no character development, terrible acting, and annoying music and sound effects. DON'T EVEN BOTHER!
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mitcherson, Metacritic
10 November 2013
  • Summary: The film was visually stunning, the storytelling was very inventive, and the acting was superb. It was unlike any film I've ever seen before. It is definitely one of my favorite films of the year.
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Overall 5
5.0
Movie overall 3
3.0

...what did I just see...?

Sopranogl, blu-ray.com
23 October 2013
  • Excerpt: "Upstream Color" was boring, frustrating, interesting, and boring all at the same time. (And yes, you read that right: I said "boring" twice.) Now, I hate to use the word "boring" because this word...drum roll please...is also BORING. So really, this word, admittedly, isn't the best. People use and over-use this word all of the time. (Believe me: I teach seventh-grade students and they LOVE this word. In fact, they love the word "love"!
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Gerbus, Metacritic
28 June 2013
  • Summary: This is an absolutely amazing movie. If you've seen and liked Primer, you'll like this too. The true greatness of the writing is evident when 45 minutes in, you're still wondering what's going on, and you haven't gotten bored. I put a lot of movies back after 20 minutes, because there's no hook in the writing. But this has a hook. It's ethereal. It's emotional. It's beautiful.
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delusionn, Metacritic
9 June 2013
  • Summary: A dull non-narrative film that attempts to lure you into hidden depths which are shallow and unsatisfying. Plot threads are presented and abandoned. The characters are undeveloped, unsympathetic victims of a situation that neither they nor the audience understand. The movie keeps suggesting at some sort of resolution it never, ever delivers.
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Overall 8
8.0
Movie overall 10
10

The best sci-fi film since Moon.

Donat96, blu-ray.com
25 May 2013
  • Excerpt: It's always interesting to see people's reactions to films like Upstream Color. While I was able to piece the plot together fairly quickly after watching, many made to the end saying "dafuq did I just watch?" I personally thought it was as much a masterpiece as Carruth's Primer(we need that on BD). The acting was great, the cinematography was dazzling(even if the actual video quality wasn't) and above all, the score was completely awe-inspiring.
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MeanJoeGreen, Metacritic
15 May 2013
  • Summary: I would say this is the worst film i've seen this year, except that it isn't really a film at all, at least not by the usual definition. There is no real plot, close to zero acting on display, and is almost as interesting as watching paint dry. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to collect a bunch of film clips of the same people, sometimes doing familiar things, and at other I would say this is the worst film i've seen this year, except that it isn't really a...
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Bestpony, Metacritic
9 May 2013
  • Summary: Upstream Color is a hostile film, one that presents you with puzzling events and unsettling imagery and seemingly hopes that curiosity will keep you watching. The problem is that, in my opinion, it really doesn't do much to build that curiosity in the first place. The viewer literally gets about five minutes to get to know Kris before she gets abducted, which really isn't enough to Upstream Color is a hostile film, one that presents you with puzzling events and...
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Overall 8
8.0
Movie overall 9
9.0

Clarification of the story

Fellini912, blu-ray.com
9 May 2013
  • Excerpt: I noticed that the reviewer was having some trouble with the story. So here is me take to story SPOILERS UP AHEAD: The thief uses parasitic larvae that ingest a blue toxin from the blue plant. These parasites release neurotoxins that effects the hosts perception of the world. The thief somehow harnessed these side effects of the toxin-control one's thought (the children in the beginning are guinea pigs- the reason for the choreographic movement scene).
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Overall 7
7.0
Movie overall 8
8.0

Sound sync issues mar otherwise terrific presentation.

Matt_Stevens, blu-ray.com
8 May 2013
  • Excerpt: Before I discuss plot, I'll get to the entire point of this website... Audio/Visuals. UPSTREAM COLOR on Blu-Ray is a bit of a disappointment for a few reasons. First of all, as Blu-Ray.com's main review notes, there is a sound sync issue starting near the 29 minute mark that comes and goes throughout the film. This issue is not present on the DVD (I checked) so it's the kind of mastering error that hurts. If the DVD was the problem, no one would care.
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