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Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 10, 2010
A disappointingly tedious slog through a seemingly fascinating subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
June 2, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Derek Malcolm
This is London
July 1, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
May 11, 2010
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.
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
July 16, 2010
Creepy, crawly and profound, this thought-provoking eco-doc wows with breathtaking imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
May 9, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
May 21, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mike Hale
New York Times
May 12, 2010
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
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 11, 2010
An illuminating, delightful, breathtaking and captivating documentary for all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.15/10
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
July 1, 2013
After initially pondering the basic fact that creepy-crawlies are not always viewed with affection elsewhere, the film delves into Japanese thought and culture.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
July 3, 2011
A lyrical, slow-moving documentary on Japan's abiding fascination with insects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
June 28, 2011
No, not a Toho creature feature, but a diverting, slightly meandering, mini- DV-shot documentary on the Japanese love for insects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 12, 2010
A fascinating documentary about the high regard for insects in Japan and the cultural and spiritual reasons behind this phenomenon.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 26, 2010
A delightfully weird, if occasionally too arty, documentary as darting in its structure as a dragonfly's flight.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 6, 2010
A parade of loosely, lyrically related scenes and images imbues the film with a wonder worthy of its subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 16, 2010
An oddball documentary that strives to capture the essence of an entire culture through one preoccupation: insects.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Chris Cabin
May 13, 2010
Technically ambitious, Beetle Queen succeeds where a recent armada of embarrassingly sentimental, hugely liberal eco-docs have failed
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
July 6, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
July 8, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
June 11, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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