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  1. Feb 6, 2014
    Beyond 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. Expand

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: Inkoo Kang
    Jul 1, 2012
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Jun 7, 2012
    Beyond the Black Rainbow has a doomy, dreamy, druggy, draggy feel that's impressively sustained - until it becomes oppressive, then pointless, then laughable.
  3. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jun 6, 2012
    As filmmaking debuts go, Panos Cosmatos' Beyond the Black Rainbow is as striking as it is nuts.