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Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo Reviews

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Wally Hammond
Time Out
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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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+
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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
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Justin Chang
Variety
July 6, 2010
Quietly spellbinding.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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+
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AV Club
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
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 13, 2010
Beautifully filmed, seductively narrated...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Hale
New York Times
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
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 12, 2010
Zen gardens, banzai trees, the art of haiku -- indeed, the whole of Japanese minimalism becomes a setting for these multilegged scramblers, imbued with Shintoist wisdom for those who would look and listen.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
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.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 10, 2010
I'm not wholly clear on the link between a jellied green thing wriggling along a tree branch and the oneness of life, but Shinto Buddhist ruminations sound good in almost any context, and the film is entrancing.