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Beauty Is Embarrassing Reviews

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Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine

This is certainly not to suggest that White's work is worthless or unimpressive, but the way it is sold to us is predictable and unclever.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 28, 2013
Sarah Boslaugh

Judging from this documentary, his character is as exuberant as his work, and he seems to be one of those lucky people who simply can't stop creating...

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 6/10

January 25, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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"Beauty Is Embarrassing" is an undeniably likable film, mainly because White is a likable guy who believes comedy is at least as important as tragedy.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

January 18, 2013
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

If for no other reason, the film should at least be seen for its visuals -- or, rather, for White's visuals.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

October 20, 2012
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Using animation, CGI and stop-motion, and mixing analog and digital video, director Berkeley transforms 'Beauty Is Embarrassing' into a White-inspired but Berkeley made work of pop-folk art

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: A minus

October 19, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Neil Berkeley's infectiously affectionate portrait of artist, puppeteer and genially profane provocateur Wayne White.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

October 19, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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An amiable if not especially urgent celebration of the life and work of Wayne White.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2012
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix

It's ... indulgent, not admitting that White's new gimmick wears out its welcome, and never making the case that White deserves his own documentary.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 18, 2012
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This isn't necessarily a life-altering work, but there's no denying that the fun White gets out of his work is pretty irresistible.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

October 17, 2012
Linda Holmes
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It remains a story at all times - there's a moment at a book signing that will give you a big smile and goosebumps - and it keeps throwing great things to look at up on the screen.

Full Review Source: NPR

October 15, 2012
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks

Beauty is Embarrassing is a funny, enormously entertaining film, built around an autobiographical show White performs for a theater audience.

Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks

October 5, 2012
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

These moments elevate Beauty Is Embarrassing beyond mere tribute to an undersung artist into a far rarer thing: a glimpse into the galvanizing effect art -- good art, bad art, fine art, folk art, or 5th-grader art -- can have.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 5, 2012
Mike Scott

An embraceable tale of childhood mischief, teenage rebellion, award-winning creativity and enduring imagination.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/5

September 28, 2012
Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
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His art is a force that can't be contained: No wonder he felt so at home in the warped environs of Pee-wee's Playhouse.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

September 28, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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The doc meanders occasionally, but we're grateful when it comes back to White and his creations.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

September 27, 2012
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
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Though the movie isn't wildly original, its time-tested, artistic mantra of "just go out there and do it" is hard to resist.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 13, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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Those with a high tolerance for the ultimate four-letter word, and a love for eccentrics, will be entertained by both White and his art.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 7, 2012
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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A buoyant, engaging, visually alluring portrait of the Tennessee-born White ...

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 7, 2012
Andy Webster
New York Times
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This exuberant documentary's most affecting message concerns a timelessly profound verity: the value of roots, humor, family and old friends.

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

September 6, 2012
Chris Packham
Village Voice
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A vivid, fluorescent-colored portrait of a sane man possessed with insane creativity.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 5, 2012
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