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Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo Reviews

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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
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-
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
Top Critic
May 13, 2010
Sean Price Williams' videography is so lovely -- and the film so meditatively paced -- that even the questionable becomes seductive.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 13, 2010
Technically ambitious, Beetle Queen succeeds where a recent armada of embarrassingly sentimental, hugely liberal eco-docs have failed
| Original Score: 3.5/5
May 13, 2010
Beautifully filmed, seductively narrated...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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