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Bellflower (2011)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 85
Fresh: 63
Rotten: 22

Critics Consensus: This fevered, stylish vision of the end of the world stitches multiple genres together and marks writer/director/star Evan Glodell as a true talent to watch.

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 26
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: This fevered, stylish vision of the end of the world stitches multiple genres together and marks writer/director/star Evan Glodell as a true talent to watch.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 6,137

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Movie Info

Bellflower follows two friends as they venture out into the world to begin their adult lives. Literally all their free time is spent building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa". While waiting for the world to end, their call to excitement comes unexpectedly when one of them meets a charismatic young woman and falls hard in love. Quickly integrated into a new group of friends, … More

Rating:
R (for disturbing violence, some strong sexuality, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use)
Genre:
Drama , Action & Adventure , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
Evan Glodell
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Nov 15, 2011
Box Office:
$0.2M
Runtime:
Oscilloscope Laboratories - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Bellflower

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (22) | DVD (4)

Bellflower revs the engine of an exciting new maverick.

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A delightfully strange hybrid creature.

Full Review… | September 15, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Possibly represents the debut of a one-of-a-kind filmmaker, a natural driven by wild energy, like Tarantino.

Full Review… | September 15, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It's like the world's coolest iPhone camera app writ large, and while it'd be misleading to make too much of this picture, it'd be a shame to make too little of it, either.

Full Review… | September 15, 2011
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

After a while, "Bellflower" feels like it can't stop checking itself out in the mirror. It's a pose, not a movie.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

Handmade and helpless, it's nevertheless the real deal, an artful blurt of sensitivity and rage.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Glodell's debut is undoubtedly an immature work but it's such a genuine and energetic achievement that the flaws ultimately don't matter. Bellflower is an amazing mess.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013
Quickflix

Bellflower is an all around great movie that benefits from excellent filmmaking and gorgeous cinematography.

Full Review… | November 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

A turbo-charged indictment of male adolescent fantasy and a biting critique of misplaced machismo. A burnt-out, bloody, brave debut, Bellflower rides the fallout from a relationship to a stomach-churning conclusion...or does it?

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
The Playlist

Bellflower is a visual spectacle of independent cinema.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012
Gordon and the Whale

An artistic celebration of the extremes in life but, without anything in between, most everyone is reduced to an unrelatable outline.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012
ScreenRant

A "promising" debut rather than an "exciting" debut.

Full Review… | January 7, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

A surprising film all around, not just because of its far-out plot twists and distinctive DIY look, but because it illuminates a highly-charged part of the modern male psyche and the restlessness of a very specific kind of young adult.

Full Review… | November 28, 2011
Scene-Stealers.com

The movie is about things that seem awesome in the abstract turning terrible up close, because life (and love, and violence) cannot always be awesome.

Full Review… | November 25, 2011
Seven Days

reminds me of that infamous photo by Andres Serrano of a crucifix submerged in a golden, rosy liquid ...

Full Review… | November 25, 2011
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Made for $17,000 and worth about seventeen cents. Mumblecore for the first half, incoherent violent imagery in the second half. Doesn't anybody making movies nowadays understand the need for compelling characters, a lesson lost on mumblecore makers.

Full Review… | November 24, 2011
rec.arts.movies.reviews

The beauty of this picture is that it's impossible to predict where it's going to lead from scene to scene.

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
Creative Loafing

"Bellflower" is your typical boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-builds-flamethrower-equipped-car kind of story.

Full Review… | November 4, 2011
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Hey dude, this low-budget pic sucks big time!

Full Review… | October 30, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It seems to be a cross between an experimental art film and a grindhouse movie, comparing favorably to some similarly-themed mainstream movies such as 'Grindhouse.'

Full Review… | October 27, 2011
Laramie Movie Scope

At first appearing youthfully na´ve, Bellflower would, by film's end, be more accurately described as almost hopelessly disenchanted.

Full Review… | October 25, 2011
Reverse Shot

College-aged but without college, friends find solace in Mad Max and alcohol

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
Movie Habit

It does appear to be the kind of movie people either love or hate. Either way, it gets under your skin.

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
Jam! Movies

May be arresting, but not necessarily in a pleasant or significant way.

Full Review… | September 25, 2011
One Guy's Opinion

The three main stars keep the action emotionally grounded, even as it spirals downward into increasingly unhinged acts.

Full Review… | September 23, 2011
Las Vegas Weekly

Audience Reviews for Bellflower

I'm gonna do something I never do: completely use someone else's brief plot synopsis to describe things. Here it is, courtesy of the film's official site: Bellflower follows two friends as they venture out into the world to begin their adult lives. Literally all their free time is spent building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa". While waiting for the world to end, their call to excitement comes unexpectedly when one of them meets a charismatic young woman and falls hard in love. Quickly integrated into a new group of friends, they set off on a journey of betrayal, love, hate, infidelity and extreme violence more devastating and fiery than any of their apocalyptic fantasies.


The film was made by Oscilloscope Laboratories, and this is the fifth film of theirs I've seen. I've yet to be disappointed by them. This is a real labor of love, and it shows. Evan Glodell not only wrote, directed, and stars, but he also designed and built the camera that was used, as well as the car and the flame thrower, both of which were totally functional.

What we essentially get is a kitchen sink melodrama done as an edgy indie with apocalyptic tones. I liked that. It's not an uplifting film, but if you want something that's dark, gritty, and unique, then this is a film for you.

The cinematography and editing are pretty good, there's an intense mood and atmosphere, and even a subtle bit of humor. I applaud the actors greatly, especially Jessie Wiseman who isn't a typical studio film beauty, despite the fact that she is gorgeous.

The broad plot isn't the most original, but it's done in a neat way, so I can forgive it. If you want to see something a little out there, then look this one up.

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cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

½

I'm really not sure how I feel about Bellflower. I'm not sure the final result is as good as the initial idea but it's original and pretty captivating. It's kitchen-sink melodrama for testosterone high men with immature tendencies. It's a strange fish, you either like it or you don't, I cursed it a few times but it engaged me enough for me to say I enjoyed it and appreciated its originality. When I wasn't shouting "Get a job" that is. Nice car though....

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SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Oozing rage and anger, this microscopic sample for study involves the life/non-life of some twenty something Americans, bored with having it all, bored with all the answers being answered, bored with drugged stupors, and mad about it big time. And then ... his girl cheats on him. Well, not really. She cheated on her boyfriend when she went out with him, so ... anyhow, the gestalt of pre-apocalyptic America ("we want the apocalypse! bring it! is that all that you got!!!") perfectly summed up, and the first time I saw anyone admit that Rome herself willed the fall of the empire.

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ApeneckFletcher
Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

"What an odd film this was. I didn't know what it was about when I started it. Just wanted to watch a movie that would help me fall asleep. I didn't succeed in doing that with this film. I had no idea what it was suppose to be about and yet I couldn't stop watching it. It's raunchy, quirky, sweet, insane, and oringinal. I really liked Woodrow and Aidan's relationship. I thought it was a sweet friendship that you usually don't see on screen with two guys. Honestly, I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about the film. It's not going to be a film for everyone. Not everyone is going to like the way the movie is filmed either. It took me minute to get use the way Glodell filmed it. I thought for awhile that I had crap on my screen. Nope. Just the director trying to be different. Which actually kinda worked for this off-beat film. It's a Indie film worth taking a look at if you get the chance."

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Bellflower Quotes


Milly:
It's like a James Bond car for drunks!
– Submitted by Frances H (14 months ago)
Woodrow:
And my fucking heart's broken.
– Submitted by Pierce D (2 years ago)
Mike:
I hope she gives him A.I.D.S.
– Submitted by Dennis M (3 years ago)
Milly:
You don't want me to be your girlfriend.
Woodrow:
Why not?
Milly:
Because. I'll hurt you.
Woodrow:
Oh, how do you know I won't hurt you?
Milly:
I doubt it...
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
Milly:
Who are you, where are you from, what do you do?
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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