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Bellflower (2011)

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74

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 84
Fresh: 62 | Rotten: 22

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.

93

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 2

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.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 6,050

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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,

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance

Evan Glodell

Nov 15, 2011

$0.2M

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All Critics (85) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (22) | DVD (4)

Bellflower revs the engine of an exciting new maverick.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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A delightfully strange hybrid creature.

September 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Possibly represents the debut of a one-of-a-kind filmmaker, a natural driven by wild energy, like Tarantino.

September 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (8)
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

September 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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After a while, "Bellflower" feels like it can't stop checking itself out in the mirror. It's a pose, not a movie.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (6)
Washington Post
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Handmade and helpless, it's nevertheless the real deal, an artful blurt of sensitivity and rage.

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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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.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

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

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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?

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Bellflower is a visual spectacle of independent cinema.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Gordon and the Whale
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.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

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

January 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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.

November 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
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.

November 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Seven Days
Seven Days

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

November 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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.

November 24, 2011 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Comments (5)
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.

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

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

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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

October 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (6)
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.'

October 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

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

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

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

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

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

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

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

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

There's a fine line between passion and self-indulgence - and Bellflower hops back and forth between the two.

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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.
June 27, 2013
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Chris Weber

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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....
June 7, 2013
SirPant

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.
January 2, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

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."
November 20, 2012
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    1. Milly: It's like a James Bond car for drunks!
    – Submitted by Frances H (8 months ago)
    1. Woodrow: And my fucking heart's broken.
    – Submitted by Pierce D (19 months ago)
    1. Mike: I hope she gives him A.I.D.S.
    – Submitted by Dennis M (2 years ago)
    1. Milly: You don't want me to be your girlfriend.
    2. Woodrow: Why not?
    3. Milly: Because. I'll hurt you.
    4. Woodrow: Oh, how do you know I won't hurt you?
    5. Milly: I doubt it...
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Milly: Who are you, where are you from, what do you do?
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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