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Burt's Buzz (2014)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

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BURT'S BUZZ takes an intimate look at the world of Burt Shavitz, the face and co-founder of Burt's Bees, exploring his fascinating and unique life. Wise and wry, ornery and opinionated, the reclusive Shavitz is committed to living off the land and keeping true to his humble beginnings despite his celebrity status. The film chronicles Burt's life as a photographer, beekeeper, and brand spokesman, following his complicated relationship with the company, his fans, and the world around him. Exposing


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Sep 16, 2014

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In its tight focus on the man, and its leisurely pace, the film creates an intriguing portrait of a figure caught between the Sixties and the present, and the self and the image.

June 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Shavitz is undoubtedly an intriguing fellow, but "Burt's Buzz" never quite finds what makes him tick.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Shapiro (How to Start Your Own Country) lets the story play out in a meandering fashion that echoes Shavitz's approach to life.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The film leaves the impression that it's telling the version of its subject's life that he wants us to hear.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A certain hirsute fellow in an engineer's cap, the one whose enigmatic kisser graces the Burt's Bees logo, is, it turns out, the real deal. And he's more of a character than any marketing guru could invent.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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When a cadre of screaming fans in fake beards and bee costumes greet Burt at a Taiwan airport, it's impossible not to marvel at his strange existence.

June 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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If there was a film school class about burying the lede, it would be difficult to think of a more fitting example than this aimless doc, which gets to its most essential questions only an hour into its running time or leaves them entirely unasked.

June 11, 2014 Full Review Source:

A documentary about a Maine recluse who at 76 years of age makes public appearances as the icon of the Burt's Bees brand.

June 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Laconically recognizes his deal to be a symbol as latest reinvention of himself. Equally charming and annoying, his quirkiness and stubbornness play to the company's benefit.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: uneven yet entertaining little documentary.

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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