Beauty Is Embarrassing
Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 7, 2012
DVD Release Date: January 21, 2013
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Long
Detroit News

"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.

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Linda Holmes

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.

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Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine

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.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Neil Berkeley's infectiously affectionate portrait of artist, puppeteer and genially profane provocateur Wayne White.

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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail

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.

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Sarah Boslaugh

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...

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

An amiable if not especially urgent celebration of the life and work of Wayne White.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

The doc meanders occasionally, but we're grateful when it comes back to White and his creations.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

If for no other reason, the film should at least be seen for its visuals -- or, rather, for White's visuals.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Glenn Gaylord
Although this documentary wouldn't look out of place as an episode of Sundance's Iconoclast series, this look at Wayne White, the warped mind behind… More
John Ballantine
A wonderful documentary on the creative genius that is Wayne White. I would have loved to have heard more about the Pee Wee's Playhouse era but to do so… More