It's Such a Beautiful Day Reviews

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Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
May 2, 2013
An original and amusing animation that demonstrates the undeniable talent of Don Hertzfeldt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film
May 2, 2013
An existential flipbook and a heartbreaking black joke: stickmen have never looked so alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Clift
Moviedex
October 21, 2012
Will have you laughing through tears while pondering the meaning of life, the universe and everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Glenn Heath Jr.
Little White Lies
May 2, 2013
One of the great films about memory, perspective and past history.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
October 3, 2012
By favoring the repetition of gestures over plot or graphics, Don Hertzfeldt argues that animation is, at its essence, a kinetic rather than simply visual form of expression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Simon Abrams
Village Voice
October 2, 2012
Seeing "the years [slip] out of [Bill's] head" in this 71-minute compendium is nothing short of revelatory.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 31, 2012
One of the most philosophically and narratively complex films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 24, 2014
By the time the movie reaches its metaphysical end, you will feel you've seen something profound, perhaps even life-changing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
April 30, 2013
It's a bold attempt to get inside the mind of someone who's losing theirs, and Hertzfeldt has a grip on the idea and reality of death that's deeply unsettling.
Mike McCahill
Guardian
May 2, 2013
Funny, oddly affecting and cherishably personal: in a better world, this would be on 300 screens, and filler such as The Croods would have to be smuggled in under the radar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
February 4, 2013
Underneath It's Such a Beautiful Day's simple surface and droll humor is a philosophical core as dense as any film's.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
June 3, 2013
There's no denying that Hertzfeldt has a voice and a vision, or that It's Such a Beautiful Day is unique. I think William Fisher, wherever he may be, would appreciate it greatly.
Top Critic
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
October 4, 2012
Mr. Hertzfeldt proves that pizazz isn't everything. Enriching his bare-bones drawings with a few well-deployed visual tricks, he tells the story of an Everyman who at first seems merely Thurberesque.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
October 4, 2012
Highly original animated divertissement, filled with surprising depth and humor.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
November 9, 2012
Hertzfeldt's simple drawings, evocative imagery and melancholy narration come together most beautifully in the finale, which suggests that the end of life isn't as bad as an unending one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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