Beeswax (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

Beeswax (2009)



Critic Consensus: Andrew Bujalski's third effort will test the patience of some filmgoers, but it represents a warm, funny, and honest introduction to the mumblecore movement.

Movie Info

"Beeswax" centers on the personal and professional entanglements of twin sisters Jeannie and Lauren living in Austin, Tex. Jeannie co-owns a vintage clothing store with Amanda, a semi-estranged friend who she fears is trying to end their partnership. Lauren leads a looser, less tethered existence and is considering getting out of the country altogether. When Jeannie receives an email from Amanda threatening a lawsuit, she calls her law student ex-boyfriend Merrill for help. Eager for distraction from his own problems, he begins helping the sisters with theirs.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Bujalski
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 6, 2010
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Anne Dodge
as Amanda
Kyle Henry
as Michael
Betty Blackwell
as Lila (lawyer)
Bryan Poyser
as Jason (study buddy)
Rebecca McInroy
as Holly (office woman)
Nina Sokol
as Naomi (office mom)
Jillian Glantz
as Wynonna (office daug...
Becca Cohen
as Annemarie (customer)
Moss Gillespie
as Tony (young boy)
Dia Sokol
as Maryann (customer)
Smiley Moreno
as Ralph (parking lot m...
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Critic Reviews for Beeswax

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (18)

It is typical of Bujalski's finely wrought observation of their lives that the film ends, as it began, with a moment in which Lauren is poised, indecisively, on the cusp of a decision.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Ultimately a dull story about dull thirtysomethings whose dull issues are conveyed in a prying, cinema verité style, implying drama and meaning in the mundane details of their dull lives.

Full Review… | April 7, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

More than ever, Bujalski comes across like the natural heir to someone like Eric Rohmer, an artist who creates intricate, perceptive and artful cinema that rejects unnecessary style and contrivance.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

It's rambling, doesn't really go anywhere, and is not necessarily about anything beyond its own sense of place. But it's mildly diverting nonetheless. It's about mood, not plot.

Full Review… | February 12, 2010
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Makes up in depth for what it sacrifices in breadth.

Full Review… | February 8, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Beeswax reminds viewers that in talkative films much can go unspoken. For writer-director Andrew Bujalski these betwixt-between, hem-haw spaces are the places to be.

Full Review… | October 16, 2009
Denver Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Beeswax

Wow this was hard viewing. Rarely have I sat through such a dull film, and this had potential, that's the worst bit.
I am not someone who enjoys blockbusters and explosions, so no one can claim I don't get "slice of life" films, generally speaking, I do. But this is so tediously dull and nothing happens. There is no point at all to this story.
The cast do well with what they have, and I liked the setting at the vintage clothing shop. If they had have given this an actual plot, I think I would have really liked this film. As it is, I feel like I just sat through a really boring day at work listening to other people talk crap.
I would really like my 2 hours back.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


God this was boring. This is labelled as a comedy is it? Could have fooled me. I heard it was used as a placedo for sleeping pills.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Will the monotony ever cease?! Unrelentingly dull and painfully realistic: Beeswax is only for those who enjoy unenjoyable movies. 42/100

Over the Rising Sun
Simeon Deutsch

Super Reviewer

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