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Bellflower Reviews

September 30, 2011
Bellflower revs the engine of an exciting new maverick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 15, 2011
A delightfully strange hybrid creature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 15, 2011
Possibly represents the debut of a one-of-a-kind filmmaker, a natural driven by wild energy, like Tarantino.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 15, 2011
It's like the world's coolest iPhone camera app writ large, and while it'd be misleading to make too much of this picture, it'd be a shame to make too little of it, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 9, 2011
After a while, "Bellflower" feels like it can't stop checking itself out in the mirror. It's a pose, not a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 8, 2011
Handmade and helpless, it's nevertheless the real deal, an artful blurt of sensitivity and rage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 2, 2011
Bellflower is weirdly gorgeous. Its intentional post-romanticism is mirrored in evocative chapter headings and ace cinematographer Joel Hodge's images (using a camera of the director's tweaking).
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 2, 2011
Glodell doesn't have the emotional intelligence or filmmaking finesse of the early Martin Scorsese, but his film is a new-millennium descendant of "Mean Streets."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 1, 2011
Equally fascinating and tedious, "Bellflower" is a lost cause of a movie, torn apart by incompatible ambitions.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 25, 2011
"Bellflower," writer, director and star Evan Glodell's debut, bursts at the seams with wild creativity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 5, 2011
As the guys' favorite character from "The Road Warrior" might say: Too much violence, and too much pain, but there is within it some sort of honorable compromise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 5, 2011
Glodell is a filmmaker with a future, if the apocalypse doesn't get in the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 5, 2011
This frequently dazzling, eccentric portrait of mutually assured destruction is that most delirious of combos: charmingly funny and emotionally terrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 4, 2011
Evan Glodell's explosive debut feature is a thing of toxic beauty.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 4, 2011
A daring feature debut by Evan Glodell, "Bellflower" looks like it was shot with the digital equivalent of a Brownie box camera, and generates an almost palpable aura of anxiety.
August 4, 2011
There's more here than initially meets and sometimes assaults the eye, including the hyperbolic dudeness of it all.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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-
August 3, 2011
Bellflower is stylishly watchable - even when it's preposterous.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 3, 2011
In one grease-monkey swoop, Glodell proves that he's a subversive talent worth following. Let a thousand of his future projects bloom.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 2, 2011
Sometimes that works well and sometimes it works poorly, but Bellflower is a genuine breakthrough, and after its own profoundly flawed fashion, a work of genius.
August 2, 2011
Writer-director-actor Evan Glodell's testosterone-fueled fever-dream indie Bellflower impresses less for its screeching take on extended adolescent fury than for its own macho, wacko, pedal-to-metal embodiment of same.
August 2, 2011
It's warm and beautiful and terrible and scary, full of heart and blood and truly unique.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 2, 2011
Bellflower is a mess, but one that's unquestionably the product of incredible ambition and potential.
August 2, 2011
The over-the-top, disjointed climax -- seen largely from the perspective of a character with brain damage -- will likely shoo away anyone who's not on-board with the film after the first hour, but I admired the bravura of it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 2, 2011
Evan Glodell's uncategorizable debut mixes messy romance and ill-advised D.I.Y. obsessions into a knotty but compelling vision of pop culture-damaged youth.
August 2, 2011
Despite its meandering plot, Bellflower presents its doom-laden vision as an astonishingly distinctive state of mind, arguing that the end of one self-made world always marks the start of a new one.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 2, 2011
It offers hope that original storytelling is still out there, lurking in the darkness, just waiting for a massive flamethrower to light it up.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 1, 2011
An agonizingly intense, almost unbearably beautiful first feature from the writer-director Evan Glodell.
April 4, 2011
A likely cult hit among horror fans and a gleeful affront to more delicate sensibilities.
February 4, 2011
Glodell took incredible risks as a filmmaker, telling a completely unorthodox story in a wholly audacious manner.
Full Review | Original Score: A-