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
It's pretentious and definitely not for all tastes.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
The feature is extraordinary to watch, offering delirious visions that hypnotize and repulse, with distinct Cronenbergian encouragement that merges the magic of thought with the puzzle of flesh.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Imperfect, but gloriously so, creating, in its own way, a new, exciting, disorienting, unsettling, and long-overdue filmic language.
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.
Alison Willmore - AV Club
A welcome attempt to bring back the days of El Topo and Eraserhead, when night owls embraced directors who wanted to screw with viewers' heads, not just the ones who screwed up their chances for auteristic posterity.
Matt Singer - Time Out
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.
Simon Abrams - Slant Magazine
A reverential ode to Kubrick, Argento, Cronenberg, Altered States, John Carpenter synth scores, '70s sci-fi and '80s fantasy, and mind-boggling, hyper-stylized madness.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness