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Beauty Is Embarrassing Reviews

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Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013
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.
Sarah Boslaugh
January 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 6/10
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 18, 2013
"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 | Original Score: B
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 20, 2012
If for no other reason, the film should at least be seen for its visuals -- or, rather, for White's visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: A minus
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 19, 2012
Neil Berkeley's infectiously affectionate portrait of artist, puppeteer and genially profane provocateur Wayne White.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 18, 2012
An amiable if not especially urgent celebration of the life and work of Wayne White.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix
October 18, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 17, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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October 15, 2012
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.
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
October 5, 2012
Beauty is Embarrassing is a funny, enormously entertaining film, built around an autobiographical show White performs for a theater audience.
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
October 5, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mike Scott
September 28, 2012
An embraceable tale of childhood mischief, teenage rebellion, award-winning creativity and enduring imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
September 28, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
September 27, 2012
The doc meanders occasionally, but we're grateful when it comes back to White and his creations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
September 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
September 7, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
September 7, 2012
A buoyant, engaging, visually alluring portrait of the Tennessee-born White ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andy Webster
New York Times
September 6, 2012
This exuberant documentary's most affecting message concerns a timelessly profound verity: the value of roots, humor, family and old friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
September 5, 2012
A vivid, fluorescent-colored portrait of a sane man possessed with insane creativity.
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