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Bellflower Reviews

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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
September 30, 2011
Bellflower revs the engine of an exciting new maverick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 15, 2011
A delightfully strange hybrid creature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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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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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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
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Jordan Riefe
TheWrap
August 5, 2011
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 4, 2011
Evan Glodell's explosive debut feature is a thing of toxic beauty.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 4, 2011
There's more here than initially meets and sometimes assaults the eye, including the hyperbolic dudeness of it all.
| Original Score: 4/5
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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-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 3, 2011
Bellflower is stylishly watchable - even when it's preposterous.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Fear
Time Out
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
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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.
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
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.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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
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Karina Longworth
L.A. Weekly
August 2, 2011
Bellflower is a mess, but one that's unquestionably the product of incredible ambition and potential.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
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+
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
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+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
August 1, 2011
An agonizingly intense, almost unbearably beautiful first feature from the writer-director Evan Glodell.
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John Anderson
Variety
April 4, 2011
A likely cult hit among horror fans and a gleeful affront to more delicate sensibilities.
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
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-