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Burt's Buzz (2014)

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BURT'S BUZZ takes an intimate look at the world of Burt Shavitz, the face and co-founder of Burt's Bees, exploring his fascinating and unique life. Wise and wry, ornery and opinionated, the reclusive Shavitz is committed to living off the land and keeping true to his humble beginnings despite his celebrity status. The film chronicles Burt's life as a photographer, beekeeper, and brand spokesman, following his complicated relationship with the company, his fans, and the world around him. Exposing the collision between business and personal values, "Burt's Buzz" is a compelling and fascinating portrait of this highly idiosyncratic pioneer, and a revealing study of what it means to be a living icon. (C) FilmBuff

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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.

Full Review… | June 13, 2014
Globe and Mail
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Shavitz is undoubtedly an intriguing fellow, but "Burt's Buzz" never quite finds what makes him tick.

June 12, 2014
Seattle Times
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Shapiro (How to Start Your Own Country) lets the story play out in a meandering fashion that echoes Shavitz's approach to life.

Full Review… | June 12, 2014
Toronto Star
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The film leaves the impression that it's telling the version of its subject's life that he wants us to hear.

Full Review… | June 5, 2014
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | June 5, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | June 3, 2014
Village Voice
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Full review at WordsonFilms.com While the film does seem to lack a certain focused perspective and may even be a tad overfond of Burt and his idiosyncrasies, there is something quietly charming, intriguing, and thoroughly watchable about Burt's Buzz. Like it's star, this single-subject documentary takes a slow and ambling approach to things and also seems hesitant to say all that it could. Still, it remains entertaining, memorable, and thought-provoking all the same. And while the film does not leave it's audiences with the sort of concentrated emotions or crystal clear viewpoints that some other documentaries do, it does contain some some truly bizarre and even some rather touching moments that are sure to stick with them long after the credits roll.

Dorathea Thomas
Dorathea Thomas

I enjoy bios of weird individuals. Rock-a-fire Explosion, Marwencol, Beauty is Embarrassing, et al. I'd throw Burt's Buzz right in that mix. Admittedly, there are some facets to the story left unexplored perhaps to the film's detriment, but I'm not sure I'd mess with a woman willing to use sexual harassment as leverage in contract negotiations.

Andy Cramer
Andy Cramer
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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.

Spencer S.
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