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An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty Reviews

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Simon Kinnear
Total Film

Nance dissects himself with candour and self-deprecating charm, ensuring that beneath the experimentation this is deeply relatable.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

February 12, 2014
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

Mind-boggling fare indeed.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

February 9, 2014
Ashley Clark
Sight and Sound

Hyperbolic adjectives such as dizzying, effervescent, kaleidoscopic and exhilarating spring to mind but don't adequately convey the craft and persistence that have gone into this confessional slice of (semi) non-fiction.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

February 7, 2014
David Parkinson
Radio Times

Those who don't often delve into the avant-garde and left-field film-making may struggle to warm to this atypical love story but there's no denying Nance has a distinctive voice.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

February 7, 2014
Rich Cline

Even without any proper dramatic scenes, this swirling collage of a movie draws us into its story and situations, revealing deep truths about relationships.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

February 7, 2014
Philip Concannon
The Skinny

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is a love story, and it appropriately feels as if it has been made with the heart more than the head.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 5/5

February 6, 2014
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The film is annoying at times, hugely inventive at others. The animation sequences are cult-collectable.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 6, 2014
Matthew Turner

Writer-director-actor Terence Nance's feature debut is a stylistically bold, original and deeply introspective drama-slash documentary that puts an intriguing arthouse spin on the standard romcom template.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

February 6, 2014
Siobhan Synnot

Garrulous and a little pretentious, but also sweet, and astute enough to allow the dream girl a right of reply.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 3/5

February 3, 2014
Ina Diane Archer
Film Comment Magazine

Terence Nance's debut feature and festival favorite, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, is anything but.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 5, 2013
Eric D. Snider

An artistic but unpretentious examination of young love, with all its uncertainties and mini-tragedies.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

July 12, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Bold and varied animation sequences lift this into the stratosphere before it falls back into Nance's obsessively layered narrative; the resulting film is both beautiful and disorienting (just like love).

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 27, 2013
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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While the movie doesn't paint a clear sense of Nance's emotional side, one thing is certain: He is an artist with creativity to spare. This effort may not have been wholly successful, but it's a promising start to what could be a thrilling career.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 27, 2013
Andrew Matson
Seattle Times
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It is an emotionally exhausting but ultimately rewarding kaleidoscope of video, animation, words and music - and feelings on top of feelings on top of feelings.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 20, 2013
Peter Keough
Boston Globe
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The excess and earnestness suit the subject - the ephemeral and all-consuming nature of romantic love.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

June 13, 2013
Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
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What saves the film-and grandly-is Nance's wildly ambitious visual imagination.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 28, 2013
Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
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A dense, organic, dazzling and funny tapestry, making use of varied and subtly colored animation and stop-motion; candid video; playfully verbose direct address; chapters and footnotes and doodles; and suavely chosen music and sonic bridges.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

April 25, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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This musical, elliptical, personal, poetical, sensual indie produced by Jay-Z has a seductive DIY feel and a lineage that's part early Spike Lee and late Charles Bukowski.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

April 25, 2013
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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This brisk and self-searching, sharply intelligent and deeply vulnerable romantic comedy is a masterwork of reflexive construction.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

April 22, 2013
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

In his brilliantly fresh and creative film An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, writer-director-star Terence Nance delves deep into the dynamics of his relationships, past and present.

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: A

January 22, 2013
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