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A disappointingly tedious slog through a seemingly fascinating subject.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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
An expansive take on the world in miniature, Jessica Oreck's documentary debut pursues all angles on a novel subject -- the Japanese obsession with insects -- until it assumes a worldview.
Creepy, crawly and profound, this thought-provoking eco-doc wows with breathtaking imagery.
| Original Score: B+
This densely structured film is concerned with the interplay between a Zen-based traditional way of life and the alienating demands of urban modernity, a questionable dichotomy it has predictable difficulty resolving.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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
A scientist looking for a combination of childlike innocence and minimalist sophistication might not see it in Hello Kitty but can recognize it in a horned beetle.
| Original Score: 3/5
An illuminating, delightful, breathtaking and captivating documentary for all ages.
| Original Score: 8.15/10
A lyrical, slow-moving documentary on Japan's abiding fascination with insects.
| Original Score: 3/5
No, not a Toho creature feature, but a diverting, slightly meandering, mini- DV-shot documentary on the Japanese love for insects.
A fascinating documentary about the high regard for insects in Japan and the cultural and spiritual reasons behind this phenomenon.
| Original Score: 5/5
A delightfully weird, if occasionally too arty, documentary as darting in its structure as a dragonfly's flight.
A parade of loosely, lyrically related scenes and images imbues the film with a wonder worthy of its subjects.
| Original Score: 3/4
An oddball documentary that strives to capture the essence of an entire culture through one preoccupation: insects.
Technically ambitious, Beetle Queen succeeds where a recent armada of embarrassingly sentimental, hugely liberal eco-docs have failed
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.
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: 4/5