Burt's Buzz 2014

Burt's Buzz

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The life of Burt Shavitz, the original owner of Burt's Bees.

Cast & Crew

Jean Du Toit
Executive Producer
Phyllis Laing
Executive Producer
Isabella Rossellini
Executive Producer
Howie Beck
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Stacey Foster
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Critic Reviews for Burt's Buzz

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (3)

  • In its tight focus on the man, and its leisurely pace, the film creates an intriguing portrait of a figure caught between the Sixties and the present, and the self and the image.

    June 13, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Shavitz is undoubtedly an intriguing fellow, but "Burt's Buzz" never quite finds what makes him tick.

    June 12, 2014 | Rating: 2/4
  • Shapiro (How to Start Your Own Country) lets the story play out in a meandering fashion that echoes Shavitz's approach to life.

    June 12, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film leaves the impression that it's telling the version of its subject's life that he wants us to hear.

    June 5, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A certain hirsute fellow in an engineer's cap, the one whose enigmatic kisser graces the Burt's Bees logo, is, it turns out, the real deal. And he's more of a character than any marketing guru could invent.

    June 5, 2014 | Full Review…
  • When a cadre of screaming fans in fake beards and bee costumes greet Burt at a Taiwan airport, it's impossible not to marvel at his strange existence.

    June 3, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Burt's Buzz

  • Nov 19, 2014
    While documentaries with a sole subject are always entertaining, director Shapiro doesn't quite know what he's asking us to take away from this film. Burt is of course an eccentric and entertaining character but most of what we see of him is verbose monologuing and dramatic long takes of him completing tasks, as if all the meaning we need comes from his lone figure against the backdrop of a bee hive. I didn't even know the motivating factor in this documentary until more than half of it was over. I think this would have been better as a short subject, or if we didn't spend all our time with Burt, listening to his trivial thoughts on subjects that have nothing to do with the business. His tether to the company he started, and the woman who took advantage of his lack of drive, was a much more interesting subject than just him as a person. While his life, choices, and history are of course interesting, we don't need to hear him spout off about random things that catch his whimsy for an agonizing amount of time.
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