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? Metacritic has a review from the guardian but another reviewer from the guardian wrote "(Upstream Don't be fooled by the high critic reviews, this movie is pretentious dribble.
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. So if this received a number of diverse reviews from critics, that would be understandable.
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!
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.
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. I didn't care for Upstream Color as a film, but I did enjoy it quite immensely as a concept. Carruth chose an interesting method of storytelling where he puts This movie has a lot of mixed reviews.
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"!
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.
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.
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.
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).