An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty Reviews

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Kam Williams
AALBC.com
April 24, 2013
Ghetto psychobabble strictly for the attention-deficit, Jay-Z demographic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 27, 2012
On the one hand, its multiple postmodernist levels and medium shifts make it one of the most original movies of the year. On the other, its relative lack of substance...is frustrating and causes the film to run out of juice about halfway through.
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent
February 14, 2014
Not so much a feature film as a series of cinematic doodles and self-reflexive ruminations on the subject of obsessive love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Fear
Time Out
April 23, 2013
Such a nonstop go-for-broke sensibility can be too much of a good thing, of course, and there are moments when the filmmaker's mix-and-match methodology feels tuned to the key of migraine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
April 25, 2013
Chock-a-block with creativity and cleverness, but ultimately too much of muchness.
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
February 3, 2014
A frustratingly ungraspable movie collage compiled with real visual flair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 6, 2014
Not a square millimetre of the director's navel is left ungazed at in Terence Nance's film of interviews with a beautiful woman he loves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ina Diane Archer
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013
Terence Nance's debut feature and festival favorite, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, is anything but.
Ashley Clark
Sight and Sound
February 7, 2014
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.
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Andrew Matson
Seattle Times
June 20, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Elise Nakhnikian
Slant Magazine
March 21, 2012
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is a serious but never somber offering from a member of the Brooklyn boheme 2.0 generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
February 3, 2014
Garrulous and a little pretentious, but also sweet, and astute enough to allow the dream girl a right of reply.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
June 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Concannon
The Skinny
February 6, 2014
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
January 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: A
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
February 12, 2014
Nance dissects himself with candour and self-deprecating charm, ensuring that beneath the experimentation this is deeply relatable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
April 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Eric D. Snider
About.com
July 12, 2013
An artistic but unpretentious examination of young love, with all its uncertainties and mini-tragedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
April 22, 2013
This brisk and self-searching, sharply intelligent and deeply vulnerable romantic comedy is a masterwork of reflexive construction.
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