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An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
Audacious, playful and sometimes quite sad. It's also beyond self-indulgent and wears a little thin over the long haul. But still, what a dazzling debut.
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
February 12, 2014
Nance dissects himself with candour and self-deprecating charm, ensuring that beneath the experimentation this is deeply relatable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
February 9, 2014
Mind-boggling fare indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ashley Clark
Sight and Sound
February 7, 2014
Hyperbolic adjectives such as dizzying, effervescent, kaleidoscopic and exhilarating spring to mind but don't adequately convey the craft and persistence that have gone into this confessional slice of (semi) non-fiction.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
February 7, 2014
Those who don't often delve into the avant-garde and left-field film-making may struggle to warm to this atypical love story but there's no denying Nance has a distinctive voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
February 7, 2014
Even without any proper dramatic scenes, this swirling collage of a movie draws us into its story and situations, revealing deep truths about relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Concannon
The Skinny
February 6, 2014
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is a love story, and it appropriately feels as if it has been made with the heart more than the head.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 6, 2014
The film is annoying at times, hugely inventive at others. The animation sequences are cult-collectable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
February 6, 2014
Writer-director-actor Terence Nance's feature debut is a stylistically bold, original and deeply introspective drama-slash documentary that puts an intriguing arthouse spin on the standard romcom template.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Siobhan Synnot
February 3, 2014
Garrulous and a little pretentious, but also sweet, and astute enough to allow the dream girl a right of reply.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ina Diane Archer
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013
Terence Nance's debut feature and festival favorite, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, is anything but.
Eric D. Snider
July 12, 2013
An artistic but unpretentious examination of young love, with all its uncertainties and mini-tragedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 27, 2013
Bold and varied animation sequences lift this into the stratosphere before it falls back into Nance's obsessively layered narrative; the resulting film is both beautiful and disorienting (just like love).
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
June 27, 2013
While the movie doesn't paint a clear sense of Nance's emotional side, one thing is certain: He is an artist with creativity to spare. This effort may not have been wholly successful, but it's a promising start to what could be a thrilling career.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Matson
Seattle Times
June 20, 2013
It is an emotionally exhausting but ultimately rewarding kaleidoscope of video, animation, words and music - and feelings on top of feelings on top of feelings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
June 13, 2013
The excess and earnestness suit the subject - the ephemeral and all-consuming nature of romantic love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
April 28, 2013
What saves the film-and grandly-is Nance's wildly ambitious visual imagination.
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
April 25, 2013
A dense, organic, dazzling and funny tapestry, making use of varied and subtly colored animation and stop-motion; candid video; playfully verbose direct address; chapters and footnotes and doodles; and suavely chosen music and sonic bridges.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 25, 2013
This musical, elliptical, personal, poetical, sensual indie produced by Jay-Z has a seductive DIY feel and a lineage that's part early Spike Lee and late Charles Bukowski.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
April 22, 2013
This brisk and self-searching, sharply intelligent and deeply vulnerable romantic comedy is a masterwork of reflexive construction.
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