In a cinematic climate where bland compromise is often the rule, Bellflower may be impressive simply for its unapologetic willingness to be so bile-raising and hateful.
| Original Score: 2.5/10
Muddled, overlong, indulgent in uninteresting ways and eventually afraid to go any place provocative, Bellflower has only a cool car and a promise of future filmmaking from talented first timers.
Halfway through it occurs to us that writer-director Glodell is riffing on Charles Bukowski. Or Antonin Artaud or Daffy Duck. Who cares?
Straddling the madness of Nicolas Refn or Lars von Trier and the low-fi production values of Joe Swanberg, Bellflower proves those two things don't necessarily coexist well within the same movie.
| Original Score: 5.5/10
After seeing about 20 minutes of "Bellflower," I wrote the following on my notepad: "What is this about? Anything?"
| Original Score: 1/4
The film wanders through the purgatory of romance and action.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
This is a movie made for fellow filmmakers, not audiences eager to be engaged or challenged. It's a love letter to itself, a statement of purpose preaching to the already converted.
| Original Score: 3/5
It's such early-20s melodrama, but in a way it fits perfectly into a world in which people are drunk all the time, grow hipster beards, and talk to each other like this: "Dude, what's up?" "Nothing, what's up? Dude."
Bellflower has some admirable qualities but just not enough.
A "promising" debut rather than an "exciting" debut.
| Original Score: 5/10
Isn't an examination of mid-20s invincibility so much as a demonstration of how risky it can be to give unemployed dumbasses access to flames and other weapons.
| Original Score: 2/4
Hey dude, this low-budget pic sucks big time!
| Original Score: C-
So determined to depict the emptiness within the two main characters, it has become the thing it portrays.
| Original Score: 2/5
the movie is so in love with itself that it's difficult to say where observation ends and revelry begins
A motion picture most viewers will probably find themselves admiring more than actually liking. It's well-made, yes, but also annoyingly arch, self-absorbed, and contrived.
It is, without a doubt, a striking debut. But it's also punishingly distasteful and disjointed almost beyond coherence, a repetitive heap of a film that feels disgorged rather than crafted.
For all the flair of the narrative's later back-and-forth, Bellflower is hollow in its metaphorical take on a romantic breakup.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Equally fascinating and tedious, "Bellflower" is a lost cause of a movie, torn apart by incompatible ambitions.
In Bellflower, Woodrow may have an ideal girl in mind, but he's unable to articulate his vision.
After a while, "Bellflower" feels like it can't stop checking itself out in the mirror. It's a pose, not a movie.