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A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.

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  • 91
    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. ...read more

  • 88
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Simon Abrams
    A romance, a thriller, and a science-fiction drama, Upstream Color tantalizes viewers with an open-ended narrative about overcoming personal loss. ...read more

  • 88
    Slant Magazine - by
    Upstream Color is lush, rhythmic, and deeply sensual, a film of exceptional beauty. ...read more

  • 83
    Film.com - by William Goss
    As willfully oblique as his first film was densely foreboding, a rumination on the perils and pleasures of interpersonal connection that would seem to refuse any easy connection with even the most curious of audiences. ...read more

  • 80
    The New York Times - by Manohla Dargis
    With its fragmentation and mysteries, Upstream Color offers itself up as a puzzle as well as a philosophical toy that you can spin and spin until the cafe closes and kicks you into the night. ...

  • 80
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
    I’ve seen Upstream Color twice and liked it enormously while never being certain of anything. ...read more

  • 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 speculative fiction or discovering a significant new actress. ...read more

  • 80
    Variety - by Justin Chang
    This is a warmer, less foreboding picture than "Primer," not moving in any conventional sense, but suffused with emotion all the same. ...

  • 63
    New York Post - by Farran Smith Nehme
    This enigma-delivery system from a sharp mind has enthralling moments but becomes a bit enervating in its self-seriousness. By the end, the whole thing feels more academic than mind-bending. ...read more

  • 60
    Time Out New York - by Joshua Rothkopf
    No one is going to explain any of this for you — and the slightly snobby implication of Upstream Color is that explanations are for suckers. ...read more

  • 50
    Village Voice - by Stephanie Zacharek
    To be bewildered by Upstream Color is to be human; the story is obtuse by design, though the filmmaking is X-Acto precise. But it's a bloodless movie, and its ideas aren't as tricky or complex as Carruth's arch, mannered approach might suggest. ...read more

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