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Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo Reviews

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

After initially pondering the basic fact that creepy-crawlies are not always viewed with affection elsewhere, the film delves into Japanese thought and culture.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

July 1, 2013
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

A lyrical, slow-moving documentary on Japan's abiding fascination with insects.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

July 3, 2011
Jason Solomons
Observer [UK]

[A] surprisingly delightful little film...

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

July 3, 2011
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo is a bizarre, fascinating and frequently beautiful documentary but it's also let down by a frustrating lack of structure.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

July 2, 2011
Derek Malcolm
This is London

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.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

July 1, 2011
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

What an original and distinctive film this is.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

June 30, 2011
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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No, not a Toho creature feature, but a diverting, slightly meandering, mini- DV-shot documentary on the Japanese love for insects.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

June 28, 2011
Tom Dawson
Total Film

There's a hypnotic quality to its flow of images, allowing the viewer to see the insect world anew.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

June 27, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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An oddball documentary that strives to capture the essence of an entire culture through one preoccupation: insects.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

July 16, 2010
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Creepy, crawly and profound, this thought-provoking eco-doc wows with breathtaking imagery.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B+

July 16, 2010
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

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

July 8, 2010
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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This lyrical, meditative effort about the Japanese obsession for bugs of all kinds examines the subject from a deeply philosophical, historical and sociological perspective.

July 6, 2010
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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A parade of loosely, lyrically related scenes and images imbues the film with a wonder worthy of its subjects.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

July 6, 2010
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 6, 2010
Justin Chang
Variety
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Quietly spellbinding.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 6, 2010
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Oreck gives us some marvelous close-ups of scampering beetles and butterflies emerging from their pupae, but the focus here is primarily on people.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A-

June 4, 2010
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

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.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 2, 2010
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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A delightfully weird, if occasionally too arty, documentary as darting in its structure as a dragonfly's flight.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

May 26, 2010
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

An entomologist's delight, Jessica Oreck's movie about Japan's insect mania is worth watching even if you're repulsed by creepy-crawlers.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 21, 2010

AV Club
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Sean Price Williams' videography is so lovely -- and the film so meditatively paced -- that even the questionable becomes seductive.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

May 13, 2010
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