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Upstream Color
7.6 out of 10

Upstream Color

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Honest-reviews, Metacritic
8 June 2014
  • Summary: Don't be fooled by the high critic reviews, this movie is pretentious dribble. Very dull and no plot. Awful. It is also curious how EVERY review by critics on metacritic is positive. A simple search shows that there are negative critical reviews but metacritic doesn't publish these, why?
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Metacritic
1 December 2013
  • Summary: I think the most disturbing thing about this site is probably seen in the reaction to movies like this. I could see how this would be a divisive movie. It is not traditional, it feels long (even if it's only 90 minutes), it is oblique, etc.
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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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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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Metacritic
27 October 2013
  • Summary: This movie has a lot of mixed reviews. The critics love it because of its esoteric nature, and a lot of viewers hate it for how difficult it is to sit through, how little dialogue there is, and the difficulty of interpretation.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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