After initially pondering the basic fact that creepy-crawlies are not always viewed with affection elsewhere, the film delves into Japanese thought and culture.
A lyrical, slow-moving documentary on Japan's abiding fascination with insects.
| Original Score: 3/5
[A] surprisingly delightful little film...
Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo is a bizarre, fascinating and frequently beautiful documentary but it's also let down by a frustrating lack of structure.
It flies like a moth around its subject suggesting, sometimes playfully and occasionally ponderously, that we humans are as much like bugs as the creepy-crawlies themselves.
| Original Score: 2/5
What an original and distinctive film this is.
| Original Score: 4/5
No, not a Toho creature feature, but a diverting, slightly meandering, mini- DV-shot documentary on the Japanese love for insects.
There's a hypnotic quality to its flow of images, allowing the viewer to see the insect world anew.
An oddball documentary that strives to capture the essence of an entire culture through one preoccupation: insects.
| Original Score: B+
Creepy, crawly and profound, this thought-provoking eco-doc wows with breathtaking imagery.
Beetle Queen does a wonderful job of showing the connection between things like Zen gardens, bonsai trees and the love of watching insects move in a small habitat.
| Original Score: 3/4
This lyrical, meditative effort about the Japanese obsession for bugs of all kinds examines the subject from a deeply philosophical, historical and sociological perspective.
A parade of loosely, lyrically related scenes and images imbues the film with a wonder worthy of its subjects.
A gentle docu-tribute to Japan's age-old connection to the insect world, a meditative piece that is by turns hypnotically beautiful and painfully slow.
Oreck gives us some marvelous close-ups of scampering beetles and butterflies emerging from their pupae, but the focus here is primarily on people.
| Original Score: A-
What's the big deal? Sure, it's a bit eccentric that the Japanese take to insects, but that's tame stuff next to Ninja Turtles and pet rocks.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
A delightfully weird, if occasionally too arty, documentary as darting in its structure as a dragonfly's flight.
An entomologist's delight, Jessica Oreck's movie about Japan's insect mania is worth watching even if you're repulsed by creepy-crawlers.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean Price Williams' videography is so lovely -- and the film so meditatively paced -- that even the questionable becomes seductive.
| Original Score: B