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Bellflower Reviews

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September 11, 2011
In a cinematic climate where bland compromise is often the rule, Bellflower may be impressive simply for its unapologetic willingness to be so bile-raising and hateful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/10
Heather Wixson
Dread Central
August 10, 2011
Bellflower is ballsy, unflinching and an absolutely unforgettable experience; and I can't wait to see what Glodell does next as a filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
Mr. Glodell's sexist, one-dimensional depiction of women notwithstanding, he also seems to champion domestic abuse when justified by infidelity.
Devin Faraci
Birth.Movies.Death.
August 2, 2011
Muddled, overlong, indulgent in uninteresting ways and eventually afraid to go any place provocative, Bellflower has only a cool car and a promise of future filmmaking from talented first timers.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
Halfway through it occurs to us that writer-director Glodell is riffing on Charles Bukowski. Or Antonin Artaud or Daffy Duck. Who cares?
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
August 3, 2011
Straddling the madness of Nicolas Refn or Lars von Trier and the low-fi production values of Joe Swanberg, Bellflower proves those two things don't necessarily coexist well within the same movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 2, 2011
After seeing about 20 minutes of "Bellflower," I wrote the following on my notepad: "What is this about? Anything?"
| Original Score: 1/4
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
September 14, 2011
The film wanders through the purgatory of romance and action.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
August 6, 2011
This is a movie made for fellow filmmakers, not audiences eager to be engaged or challenged. It's a love letter to itself, a statement of purpose preaching to the already converted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
September 12, 2011
It's such early-20s melodrama, but in a way it fits perfectly into a world in which people are drunk all the time, grow hipster beards, and talk to each other like this: "Dude, what's up?" "Nothing, what's up? Dude."
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
September 9, 2011
Bellflower has some admirable qualities but just not enough.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 7, 2012
A "promising" debut rather than an "exciting" debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Matt Pais
RedEye
September 15, 2011
Isn't an examination of mid-20s invincibility so much as a demonstration of how risky it can be to give unemployed dumbasses access to flames and other weapons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 30, 2011
Hey dude, this low-budget pic sucks big time!
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
August 25, 2011
So determined to depict the emptiness within the two main characters, it has become the thing it portrays.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jesse Hassenger
Filmcritic.com
August 18, 2011
the movie is so in love with itself that it's difficult to say where observation ends and revelry begins
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
August 25, 2011
A motion picture most viewers will probably find themselves admiring more than actually liking. It's well-made, yes, but also annoyingly arch, self-absorbed, and contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 4, 2011
It is, without a doubt, a striking debut. But it's also punishingly distasteful and disjointed almost beyond coherence, a repetitive heap of a film that feels disgorged rather than crafted.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
September 15, 2011
For all the flair of the narrative's later back-and-forth, Bellflower is hollow in its metaphorical take on a romantic breakup.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 1, 2011
Equally fascinating and tedious, "Bellflower" is a lost cause of a movie, torn apart by incompatible ambitions.
| Original Score: 2/4
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