• Released
  • April 26, 2013
  • (April 26 NY, May 17 LA )
  • NR , 1 hr 24 min
  • Animated
    Comedy
100

The New York Times

By Nicolas Rapold
Mr. Nance turns his thought into a performance of vulnerability that’s all too relatable in its indulgences. It has heart without becoming cloying.
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90

Village Voice

By Ernest Hardy
What saves the film—and grandly—is Nance’s wildly ambitious visual imagination. Teetering somewhere between film school precocity and impressively assured audaciousness...It’s almost hypnotic in its style and genre promiscuity.
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88

Slant Magazine

A playfully self-reflective rumination on what writer-director Terence Nance has described as "self-awareness through experience with love."
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83

The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
Terence Nance’s playfully experimental feature An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty is both stunning and stymieing — a film so effusive that it’s hard to separate its signal from its noise.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
What might have been annoyingly solipsistic proves mostly charming and poignant instead, largely thanks to Nance's cinematic ingenuity, but also because of his ability to both probe his feelings and hold them at a distance.
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70

Variety

By Peter Debruge
As the work of one young man bursting with inspiration, the film is a giddy thing to absorb, allowing complete strangers to witness someone performing open-heart surgery on himself.
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63

Washington Post

The film is complex and bold, sometimes even exhilarating. It can also be frustratingly esoteric.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
As a wry, knowing narrator guides us in and out of their symphonic affair, there’s no doubt the trip is worth it.
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60

Time Out New York

By David Fear
Overambitiousness can turn a valentine into hot air and white noise, but it can also serve as a calling card for an artist finding his pitch—and Nance is indeed an artist, pure and simple.
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40

Empire

By Patrick Peters
A frustratingly ungraspable movie collage compiled with real visual flair.
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73 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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