Critics Consensus

Andrew Bujalski's third effort will test the patience of some filmgoers, but it represents a warm, funny, and honest introduction to the mumblecore movement.



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"Beeswax" centers on the personal and professional entanglements of twin sisters Jeannie and Lauren living in Austin, Tex. Jeannie co-owns a vintage clothing store with Amanda, a semi-estranged friend who she fears is trying to end their partnership. Lauren leads a looser, less tethered existence and is considering getting out of the country altogether. When Jeannie receives an email from Amanda threatening a lawsuit, she calls her law student ex-boyfriend Merrill for help. Eager for distraction from his own problems, he begins helping the sisters with theirs.


Anne Dodge
as Amanda
Kyle Henry
as Michael
Betty Blackwell
as Lila (lawyer)
Bryan Poyser
as Jason (study buddy)
Rebecca McInroy
as Holly (office woman)
Nina Sokol
as Naomi (office mom)
Jillian Glantz
as Wynonna (office daughter)
Becca Cohen
as Annemarie (customer)
Moss Gillespie
as Tony (young boy)
Dia Sokol Savage
as Maryann (customer)
Smiley Moreno
as Ralph (parking lot man)
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Critic Reviews for Beeswax

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (12)

  • It is typical of Bujalski's finely wrought observation of their lives that the film ends, as it began, with a moment in which Lauren is poised, indecisively, on the cusp of a decision.

    Apr 8, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately a dull story about dull thirtysomethings whose dull issues are conveyed in a prying, cinema verité style, implying drama and meaning in the mundane details of their dull lives.

    Apr 7, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's weirdly gripping, an authentically banal slice of life. Mumblecore must die. But maybe from its ashes will come something spikier, stranger.

    Apr 16, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • More than ever, Bujalski comes across like the natural heir to someone like Eric Rohmer, an artist who creates intricate, perceptive and artful cinema that rejects unnecessary style and contrivance.

    Apr 15, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • A step forward, but a sluggish one.

    Apr 14, 2010 | Rating: 2/4
  • It's rambling, doesn't really go anywhere, and is not necessarily about anything beyond its own sense of place. But it's mildly diverting nonetheless. It's about mood, not plot.

    Feb 12, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Beeswax

  • Apr 29, 2012
    Wow this was hard viewing. Rarely have I sat through such a dull film, and this had potential, that's the worst bit. I am not someone who enjoys blockbusters and explosions, so no one can claim I don't get "slice of life" films, generally speaking, I do. But this is so tediously dull and nothing happens. There is no point at all to this story. The cast do well with what they have, and I liked the setting at the vintage clothing shop. If they had have given this an actual plot, I think I would have really liked this film. As it is, I feel like I just sat through a really boring day at work listening to other people talk crap. I would really like my 2 hours back.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2011
    God this was boring. This is labelled as a comedy is it? Could have fooled me. I heard it was used as a placedo for sleeping pills.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2010
    Will the monotony ever cease?! Unrelentingly dull and painfully realistic: Beeswax is only for those who enjoy unenjoyable movies. 42/100
    Simeon D Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2010
    Really didnt see a point to it all.At times it was BORING & painfully hard to watch
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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