An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty
An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty (2013)

Executive producers Jay-Z, Dream Hampton, and Wyatt Cenac present Terence Nance's explosively creative debut feature, AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY. With arresting insight, vulnerability, and a delightful sense of humor, the film… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 30, 2013
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Bold and varied animation sequences lift this into the stratosphere before it falls back into Nance's obsessively layered narrative; the resulting film is both beautiful and disorienting (just like love).

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

The excess and earnestness suit the subject - the ephemeral and all-consuming nature of romantic love.

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Geoffrey Macnab

Not so much a feature film as a series of cinematic doodles and self-reflexive ruminations on the subject of obsessive love.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

While the movie doesn't paint a clear sense of Nance's emotional side, one thing is certain: He is an artist with creativity to spare. This effort may not have been wholly successful, but it's a promising start to what could be a thrilling career.

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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice

What saves the film-and grandly-is Nance's wildly ambitious visual imagination.

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Simon Kinnear
Total Film

Nance dissects himself with candour and self-deprecating charm, ensuring that beneath the experimentation this is deeply relatable.

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Andrew Matson
Seattle Times

It is an emotionally exhausting but ultimately rewarding kaleidoscope of video, animation, words and music - and feelings on top of feelings on top of feelings.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

A dense, organic, dazzling and funny tapestry, making use of varied and subtly colored animation and stop-motion; candid video; playfully verbose direct address; chapters and footnotes and doodles; and suavely chosen music and sonic bridges.

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Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

Mind-boggling fare indeed.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Hopson
An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty should perhaps have been retitled "An Overthinking of Her Everything". Developed over the course of six years by… More