Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    May 15, 2012
    88
    Something like a trippy grindhouse homage whose familiar images are refracted through a prism of blacklight posters, Jodorowsky films, and even Rob Zombie's grungy psychotropic sensibility.
  2. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    May 16, 2012
    83
    Beyond The Black Rainbow is more surface than substance, but those surfaces are gleamingly polished enough to make for a hypnotic experiment that goes beyond genre pastiche or art-school wankery to seem formally daring.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    May 15, 2012
    80
    At heart, the film is no more (or less) than a brilliantly executed lark, but it's not often that we're reminded with such potency that movies are most delightful as sensory experiences.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    May 15, 2012
    80
    Though the finale feels a bit anticlimactic, the lysergic atmosphere, synth-heavy score and logic-resistant story line more than earn Beyond the Black Rainbow's concluding quote, borrowed from another classic midnight movie: "No matter where you go…there you are." See the late show.
  5. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jun 6, 2012
    50
    As filmmaking debuts go, Panos Cosmatos' Beyond the Black Rainbow is as striking as it is nuts.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    May 18, 2012
    50
    Unless you're among those who still drop acid as a midnight-movie apéritif, your enjoyment of this retro oddity remains far from guaranteed.
  7. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jul 1, 2012
    40
    Beyond the Black Rainbow is the kind of movie whose cool-looking trailer entices you to midnight screenings, but the film will bore you so profoundly you'll fall asleep halfway and wake up disoriented during the closing credits.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Jun 7, 2012
    38
    Beyond the Black Rainbow has a doomy, dreamy, druggy, draggy feel that's impressively sustained - until it becomes oppressive, then pointless, then laughable.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 17, 2012
    20
    Add two more stars here if zoning out to weirdo-dreamy, '80s public-access TV with a synthesizer soundtrack is your idea of midnight fun. Because this ambitious, but not uninteresting, failure has that in its DNA.
  10. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    May 18, 2012
    12
    His late father directed "Rambo: First Blood,'' but Panos Cosmatos' debut feature couldn't be more different - this would-be cult classic is the movie equivalent of gazing at a lava lamp for nearly two hours.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Jul 19, 2014
    7
    from the beginning is boring as hell!! but ok the visual is a great orgasm and the music too, great sensitive and art movie but poor history.from the beginning is boring as hell!! but ok the visual is a great orgasm and the music too, great sensitive and art movie but poor history. beyond black the rainbow have much potential but lack of construction. Full Review »
  2. Feb 20, 2014
    6
    I liked Beyond the Black Rainbow for making me feel uncomfortable throughout. This is not an easy film to sit through. This is also not a filmI liked Beyond the Black Rainbow for making me feel uncomfortable throughout. This is not an easy film to sit through. This is also not a film for everyone. However, if you can deal with the internal discord brought on by the soundtrack, story and visuals you might find yourself to have enjoyed the film. Full Review »
  3. Feb 6, 2014
    10
    Beyond the Black Rainbow is admittedly a niche film, for those who love atmospheric, psychedelic film, this homage to '80s Sci-fi Thrillers isBeyond the Black Rainbow is admittedly a niche film, for those who love atmospheric, psychedelic film, this homage to '80s Sci-fi Thrillers is absolutely a must watch. The visual experience is breathtaking, as is the admirable and expert use of practical special effects. The plot is not particularly complicated or dense, but it is also not a Superhero movie. This is a film that demands a modicum of your attention as it plays out in order to follow the action, although the viewer is fully rewarded with simultaneously astringent and lush cinematography and an oppressive yet delightfully nostalgic soundtrack, which references 80's Sci-fi scores with canny agility. Detractors would argue that it is purely visual, to which I would say it is purely sensate. There is a critical difference between the two, with the latter seeking to be emotionally evocative and the latter seeking to be titillating. Beyond the Black Rainbow does not stoop so low as to merely try to arouse or frighten. The film relies on its visual aesthetic to convey much of its emotional content, and does so very well. Beyond the Black Rainbow is on the fast track to becoming a cult-classic, and I can't recommend it more highly. Full Review »