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: April 26, 2013
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2013
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kate Muir
Times (UK)

This is as fresh as it is self-indulgent, an intelligent piece of navel-gazing. The film loses momentum in the last third, but if this is his calling card, Nance is a young film-maker worth watching.

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Ashley Clark
Sight & Sound

Hyperbolic adjectives such as dizzying, effervescent, kaleidoscopic and exhilarating spring to mind but don't adequately convey the craft and persistence that have gone into this confessional slice of (semi) non-fiction.

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Ben Nicholson

A heady mix of fact and fiction, live action and animation, it's an enthralling collage that toys with the fluidity of narrative, experimenting with myriad emotions and ideas.

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Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)

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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Peter Bradshaw

Not a square millimetre of the director's navel is left ungazed at in Terence Nance's film of interviews with a beautiful woman he loves.

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Matthew Roe
Film Inquiry

Whether or not you side with anyone in the film on any of the themes, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is a solid stroke of inventive creativity and artistic integrity, all buttressed by a profound love and understanding of film.

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Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)

Mind-boggling fare indeed.

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The film is annoying at times, hugely inventive at others. The animation sequences are cult-collectable.

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J Hurtado

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is the rare film that is able to connect on a visceral, emotional level without the benefit of a traditional story.

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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