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"Beeswax" centers on the personal and professional entanglements of twin sisters Jeannie and Lauren living in Austin, Tex. Jeannie co-owns a vintage clothing store with Amanda, a semi-estranged friend who she fears is trying to end their partnership. Lauren leads a looser, less tethered existence and is considering getting out of the country altogether. When Jeannie receives an email from Amanda threatening a lawsuit, she calls her law student ex-boyfriend Merrill for help. Eager for distraction from his own problems, he begins helping the sisters with theirs.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is typical of Bujalski's finely wrought observation of their lives that the film ends, as it began, with a moment in which Lauren is poised, indecisively, on the cusp of a decision."
‑ Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
"It's rambling, doesn't really go anywhere, and is not necessarily about anything beyond its own sense of place. But it's mildly diverting nonetheless. It's about mood, not plot."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"Andrew Bujalski ought to be more than a critical darling by this point."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"The primary appeal most mumblecore films hold for me is the comfort of knowing that I have never met any of these people and probably never will."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"A relentlessly talky and meandering slough of claustrophobia passing itself off as an intimate life study."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"Ultimately a dull story about dull thirtysomethings whose dull issues are conveyed in a prying, cinema verité style, implying drama and meaning in the mundane details of their dull lives."
‑ Greg Quill, Toronto Star
"Makes up in depth for what it sacrifices in breadth."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Don't expect intensity of any kind in Bujalski's films; the emotions range from mild annoyance to bemusement, but within that minimal palette he's a master."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"A collection of small moments and awkward interactions, this low-key drama has a home-made feel to it. But it's so rambling and aimless, with characters that aren't particularly likeable, that it's difficult to find much resonance in it."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"It takes real talent to make something so studied feel this soufflé-light, especially in the Hatchers' charming naturalism."
‑ Simon Kinnear, Total Film
"More than ever, Bujalski comes across like the natural heir to someone like Eric Rohmer, an artist who creates intricate, perceptive and artful cinema that rejects unnecessary style and contrivance."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Beeswax reminds viewers that in talkative films much can go unspoken. For writer-director Andrew Bujalski these betwixt-between, hem-haw spaces are the places to be."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Beeswax can be summed up by one lingering shot, where the camera focuses, for no particular reason, on Maggie Hatcher's armpit hair. Like armpit hair, Beeswax is sweaty, unpleasant, in need of cutting, and without a point."
‑ Adam Lippe,
"It's weirdly gripping, an authentically banal slice of life. Mumblecore must die. But maybe from its ashes will come something spikier, stranger."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Guardian
"A step forward, but a sluggish one."
‑ Henry Barnes, Little White Lies
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