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Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo Reviews

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May 10, 2010
A disappointingly tedious slog through a seemingly fascinating subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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
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.
May 11, 2010
An expansive take on the world in miniature, Jessica Oreck's documentary debut pursues all angles on a novel subject -- the Japanese obsession with insects -- until it assumes a worldview.
July 16, 2010
Creepy, crawly and profound, this thought-provoking eco-doc wows with breathtaking imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 9, 2010
This densely structured film is concerned with the interplay between a Zen-based traditional way of life and the alienating demands of urban modernity, a questionable dichotomy it has predictable difficulty resolving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
May 12, 2010
A scientist looking for a combination of childlike innocence and minimalist sophistication might not see it in Hello Kitty but can recognize it in a horned beetle.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 11, 2010
An illuminating, delightful, breathtaking and captivating documentary for all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.15/10
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
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
May 12, 2010
A fascinating documentary about the high regard for insects in Japan and the cultural and spiritual reasons behind this phenomenon.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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+
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 16, 2010
An oddball documentary that strives to capture the essence of an entire culture through one preoccupation: insects.
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
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
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
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