Beyond the Black Rainbow Reviews

  • Close-ups of a needle penetrating gnarled toes and a mutant slathered in what I choose to believe is bittersweet chocolate make as much sense as the scary drawings of angry vulvas hiding in a drawer.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • "Beyond the Black Rainbow" has a doomy, dreamy, druggy, draggy feel that's impressively sustained - until it becomes oppressive, then pointless, then laughable.

    Mark Feeney — Boston Globe

  • 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.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • There's much to admire about Panos Cosmatos' directorial debut, but the end result is admittedly not for all tastes.

    William Goss — MSN Movies

  • This would-be cult classic is the movie equivalent of gazing at a lava lamp for nearly two hours.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Much of the time, watching Beyond the Black Rainbow is accompanied by head scratching, but perhaps that's the point of this trippy outing.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • A film for people who might call Stalker their favorite movie of all time if only it were more opaque. So, you know, a little audience, but a passionate one.

    Tim Brayton — Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Part Cronenberg, part Bava, and part De Palma ... It's a film that manages to feel both new and long-forgotten at the same time.

  • The rich and strange debut of Panos Cosmatos throbs with style and portent, which proves a winning combination even if it is somewhat light in the narrative department.

    Amber Wilkinson — Eye for Film

  • Audiences who appreciate oddball first efforts from talents such as Lynch (Eraserhead), Cronenberg (Shivers) and Jeunet (Delicatessen) will be thankful.

    Simon Foster — sbs.com.au

  • If you follow the muddled spacy film's logic throughout, you deserve a merit honor badge for devotion to service beyond the call of duty.

    Dennis Schwartz — Ozus' World Movie Reviews

  • Nothing much happens in this experimental-type science fiction horror film. What little does happen is at a slow-motion snail's pace.

    Robert Roten — Laramie Movie Scope

  • If 2001: A Space Odyssey had an evil twin masquerading as a horror film, this would be it. Beyond the Black Rainbow culls from untold volumes of film history even as it delivers its own uniquely brilliant freak-outs.

    Rob Humanick — Projection Booth

  • a twisted version of 2001: A Space Odyssey which takes place in a psychological torture chamber rather than in the whole of the universe

    Kevin Carr — 7M Pictures

  • The product of a fevered mad auteur... May prove to be one of the more rewarding and disturbing film experiences in many a year.

    Witney Seibold — CraveOnline

  • The movie looks like it was lit by lava lamps, scored on Moog synthesizers, written between bong hits and acted underwater. None of this is meant as praise.

    Rene Rodriguez — Miami Herald

  • While never quite dull, 'Beyond the Black Rainbow' doesn't achieve all the chills it's capable of.

    Dan Lybarger — KC Active

  • 'Beyond' would be more interesting with limitations.

    Inkoo Kang — Boxoffice Magazine

  • Comprehensibility does not appear to be one of this writer/director's goals, but if someone is able to help Cosmatos marshal his raw visual talent, I'll be first in line to see his second film.

    Marjorie Baumgarten — Austin Chronicle

  • [VIDEO ESSAY] Yes, this movie is even worse than "Battlefield Earth."

    Cole Smithey — ColeSmithey.com

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