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  • Summary: Set in the strange and oppressive emotional landscape of the year 1983, Beyond The Black Rainbow is a Reagan-era fever dream inspired by hazy childhood memories of midnight movies and Saturday morning cartoons. (Magnet Releasing)
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: 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. 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 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
  2. 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. beyond black the rainbow have much potential but lack of construction. Expand
  3. 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 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. Expand
  4. Feb 23, 2013
    2
    this movie was borring as hell. There was a scene where the guy is getting dressed and its doing it in ultra slow motion that when i pressed fast forward it still looked like he was getting dressed slowly...;I. are you kidding me? its not stylish, its not trippy, its not anything but boring. Expand
  5. Jan 18, 2013
    1
    The film looks magnificent. That is about the only good thing one can say about this film. The gorgeous cinematography is wasted here as the film simply becomes a meaningless montage off weird images for the sake of weirdness. The actors look like they aren't sure of what they're supposed to be feeling. Frankly I dont blame them, the micro-direction, the ridiculously obtuse-for-no-reason script, the seeming randomness off it all makes for one big **** of a film. The music, could have been great, but the excellent theme music is cut out for a grating hum by the end off it all. It bombards you over the head with all the subtlety of an atom bomb. The film has no point, no meaning, nothing of anything except pretty images really. Even art house directors or Jowordosky have some meaning to their work. This is a brain hammering montage of as many weird things as the director can throw in. And the ending? One of the worst endings in film. It has no conclusion, no rumination it just ends in the middle as if the director/writer ran out of ideas. Save your time and go watch Enter the Void instead if you want to see what a modern mind bender of a film is. Collapse

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