• Release Date: May 18, 2012
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    May 14, 2012
    100
    Much like the work of generational cohort Michael Robinson, Alex Ross Perry's films are steeped in a viscous cultural past.
  2. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    May 17, 2012
    75
    You can feel the movie building away from the whiny comedy and toward something more emotionally raw then something sexually weird.
  3. 60
    A film about how outwardly alienating our circles are (much to the detriment of our careers) and how caustic our supposedly nurturing intimacies can be at the same time.
  4. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 17, 2012
    60
    A singularly unpleasant movie: full of obnoxious characters in scenes that seem overwritten and under-rehearsed, oblivious to the most basic standards of tonal consistency, narrative coherence or visual decorum. But it is also sly, daring, genuinely original and at times perversely brilliant.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jun 7, 2012
    50
    You might not "like" Perry's movie, but it's hard to deny the forensically assured sensibility at work.
  6. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    May 31, 2012
    50
    As an indulgence in creative verbal abuse, the film offers some nasty fun.
  7. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    May 31, 2012
    50
    There's handmade and then there's amateurish. This, alas, is the latter.
  8. Reviewed by: David Fear
    May 15, 2012
    40
    Some will call The Color Wheel daring. Others will remember that it takes more than desperate shocks to add substance to the sloppy diddlings of a dilettante.
  9. Reviewed by: Steve Erickson
    May 8, 2012
    40
    The Color Wheel is funny, but it has a dark streak that takes it into increasingly creepy territory as the siblings face down a procession of people who are even more screwed-up than they are.

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