Beauty Is Embarrassing
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Raised in the mountains of Tennessee, Wayne White started his career as a cartoonist in New York City. He quickly found success as one of the creators of the TV show, Pee-wee's Playhouse, which led to more work designing some of the most arresting and iconic images in pop culture. The film chronicles the vaulted highs and the crushing lows of a commercial artist struggling to find peace and balance between his work and his art. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Beauty Is Embarrassing" is an undeniably likable film, mainly because White is a likable guy who believes comedy is at least as important as tragedy."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It remains a story at all times - there's a moment at a book signing that will give you a big smile and goosebumps - and it keeps throwing great things to look at up on the screen."
‑ Linda Holmes, NPR
"This is certainly not to suggest that White's work is worthless or unimpressive, but the way it is sold to us is predictable and unclever."
‑ Violet Lucca, Film Comment Magazine
"Using animation, CGI and stop-motion, and mixing analog and digital video, director Berkeley transforms 'Beauty Is Embarrassing' into a White-inspired but Berkeley made work of pop-folk art"
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Beauty is Embarrassing is a funny, enormously entertaining film, built around an autobiographical show White performs for a theater audience."
‑ Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's Picks
"Neil Berkeley's infectiously affectionate portrait of artist, puppeteer and genially profane provocateur Wayne White."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"His art is a force that can't be contained: No wonder he felt so at home in the warped environs of Pee-wee's Playhouse."
‑ Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail
"Judging from this documentary, his character is as exuberant as his work, and he seems to be one of those lucky people who simply can't stop creating..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
"It's ... indulgent, not admitting that White's new gimmick wears out its welcome, and never making the case that White deserves his own documentary."
‑ Ann Lewinson, Boston Phoenix
"These moments elevate Beauty Is Embarrassing beyond mere tribute to an undersung artist into a far rarer thing: a glimpse into the galvanizing effect art -- good art, bad art, fine art, folk art, or 5th-grader art -- can have."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"An amiable if not especially urgent celebration of the life and work of Wayne White."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The doc meanders occasionally, but we're grateful when it comes back to White and his creations."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"If for no other reason, the film should at least be seen for its visuals -- or, rather, for White's visuals."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"This isn't necessarily a life-altering work, but there's no denying that the fun White gets out of his work is pretty irresistible."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"An embraceable tale of childhood mischief, teenage rebellion, award-winning creativity and enduring imagination."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
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