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Beeswax Reviews

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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
April 8, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
April 7, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Anderson
April 6, 2011
Andrew Bujalski ought to be more than a critical darling by this point.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
July 6, 2010
Don't expect intensity of any kind in Bujalski's films; the emotions range from mild annoyance to bemusement, but within that minimal palette he's a master.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Adam Lippe
June 7, 2010
Beeswax can be summed up by one lingering shot, where the camera focuses, for no particular reason, on Maggie Hatcher's armpit hair. Like armpit hair, Beeswax is sweaty, unpleasant, in need of cutting, and without a point.
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 1, 2010
The primary appeal most mumblecore films hold for me is the comfort of knowing that I have never met any of these people and probably never will.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 22, 2010
A collection of small moments and awkward interactions, this low-key drama has a home-made feel to it. But it's so rambling and aimless, with characters that aren't particularly likeable, that it's difficult to find much resonance in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Catherine Shoard
April 16, 2010
It's weirdly gripping, an authentically banal slice of life. Mumblecore must die. But maybe from its ashes will come something spikier, stranger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 15, 2010
A relentlessly talky and meandering slough of claustrophobia passing itself off as an intimate life study.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Jenkins
Time Out
April 15, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
April 15, 2010
It takes real talent to make something so studied feel this soufflé-light, especially in the Hatchers' charming naturalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Henry Barnes
Little White Lies
April 14, 2010
A step forward, but a sluggish one.
| Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 11, 2010
This amazing little gem simply blew me away with its loving voice of reason.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
February 12, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 8, 2010
Makes up in depth for what it sacrifices in breadth.
Matt Pais
February 4, 2010
Provides no interesting challenges for its characters or profound thoughts about life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 16, 2009
Beeswax reminds viewers that in talkative films much can go unspoken. For writer-director Andrew Bujalski these betwixt-between, hem-haw spaces are the places to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Grierson
The Simon
October 15, 2009
if Beeswax doesn't feel as significant as his last film, Mutual Appreciation, it's that movie's equal in terms of lovingly gnomic characters and very real anxieties.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 9, 2009
Everyone is a full-grown adult dealing with all which that entails, and both the characters and the film's easygoing rhythms are, remarkably, true to life and love lost, or found.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 23, 2009
...self-conscious first-time performances, often mumbling into their hands, are distracting and often took me from the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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