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Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo Reviews

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September 18, 2017
Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo is more like a series of haiku stitched together than a formally persuasive documentary. If you're like me, you won't love insects any more after watching the film, but you will better appreciate the idea of them.
July 1, 2013
After initially pondering the basic fact that creepy-crawlies are not always viewed with affection elsewhere, the film delves into Japanese thought and culture.
July 3, 2011
A lyrical, slow-moving documentary on Japan's abiding fascination with insects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 3, 2011
[A] surprisingly delightful little film...
July 2, 2011
Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo is a bizarre, fascinating and frequently beautiful documentary but it's also let down by a frustrating lack of structure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 1, 2011
It flies like a moth around its subject suggesting, sometimes playfully and occasionally ponderously, that we humans are as much like bugs as the creepy-crawlies themselves.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 30, 2011
What an original and distinctive film this is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 28, 2011
No, not a Toho creature feature, but a diverting, slightly meandering, mini- DV-shot documentary on the Japanese love for insects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 27, 2011
There's a hypnotic quality to its flow of images, allowing the viewer to see the insect world anew.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 16, 2010
An oddball documentary that strives to capture the essence of an entire culture through one preoccupation: insects.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 16, 2010
Creepy, crawly and profound, this thought-provoking eco-doc wows with breathtaking imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 8, 2010
Beetle Queen does a wonderful job of showing the connection between things like Zen gardens, bonsai trees and the love of watching insects move in a small habitat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 6, 2010
A parade of loosely, lyrically related scenes and images imbues the film with a wonder worthy of its subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 6, 2010
This lyrical, meditative effort about the Japanese obsession for bugs of all kinds examines the subject from a deeply philosophical, historical and sociological perspective.
July 6, 2010
Quietly spellbinding.
July 6, 2010
A gentle docu-tribute to Japan's age-old connection to the insect world, a meditative piece that is by turns hypnotically beautiful and painfully slow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 4, 2010
Oreck gives us some marvelous close-ups of scampering beetles and butterflies emerging from their pupae, but the focus here is primarily on people.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 2, 2010
What's the big deal? Sure, it's a bit eccentric that the Japanese take to insects, but that's tame stuff next to Ninja Turtles and pet rocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 26, 2010
A delightfully weird, if occasionally too arty, documentary as darting in its structure as a dragonfly's flight.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 21, 2010
An entomologist's delight, Jessica Oreck's movie about Japan's insect mania is worth watching even if you're repulsed by creepy-crawlers.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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