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Beauty Is Embarrassing Reviews

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Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix
October 18, 2012
It's ... indulgent, not admitting that White's new gimmick wears out its welcome, and never making the case that White deserves his own documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013
This is certainly not to suggest that White's work is worthless or unimpressive, but the way it is sold to us is predictable and unclever.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 18, 2012
An amiable if not especially urgent celebration of the life and work of Wayne White.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
September 5, 2012
A vivid, fluorescent-colored portrait of a sane man possessed with insane creativity.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
September 7, 2012
Those with a high tolerance for the ultimate four-letter word, and a love for eccentrics, will be entertained by both White and his art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Elise Nakhnikian
Slant Magazine
September 4, 2012
Neil Berkeley's doc is as puckish as its subject, so steeped in artist Wayne White's creative juices that it makes you want to go straight home and start making things.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 18, 2012
Once the film starts showing behind the scenes footage of Pee-Wee's Playhouse there's more of a point of interest. And it keeps going very well from there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: A
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
September 13, 2012
Though the movie isn't wildly original, its time-tested, artistic mantra of "just go out there and do it" is hard to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Scott
September 28, 2012
An embraceable tale of childhood mischief, teenage rebellion, award-winning creativity and enduring imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sarah Boslaugh
March 26, 2012
White's philosophy of life seems to be "Just do it," and that's what he's been doing more or less his whole life.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Sarah Boslaugh
January 25, 2013
Judging from this documentary, his character is as exuberant as his work, and he seems to be one of those lucky people who simply can't stop creating...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Kevin Kelly
Film School Rejects
March 21, 2012
Beauty is Embarrassing is masterfully directed by Neil Berkeley.
Bill Gibron
August 17, 2012
Beauty is Embarrassing is one of the greatest examples of a career celebration ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
May 4, 2012
An explosively realized reminder of the purity of craft and the need to support such efforts with a meaty personality and unique vision.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Andy Webster
New York Times
September 6, 2012
This exuberant documentary's most affecting message concerns a timelessly profound verity: the value of roots, humor, family and old friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Erik Childress
March 8, 2012
The film cannot help but be described as colorful just based on the visualizations of White's work alone, but his persona matches his creations as he tries to prove that art does not have to be uber-serious and can just be fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 18, 2013
"Beauty Is Embarrassing" is an undeniably likable film, mainly because White is a likable guy who believes comedy is at least as important as tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
September 27, 2012
The doc meanders occasionally, but we're grateful when it comes back to White and his creations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
September 7, 2012
A buoyant, engaging, visually alluring portrait of the Tennessee-born White ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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