Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Patrick Peters
    Feb 3, 2014
    A frustratingly ungraspable movie collage compiled with real visual flair.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 25, 2013
    As a wry, knowing narrator guides us in and out of their symphonic affair, there’s no doubt the trip is worth it.
  3. Reviewed by: Elise Nakhnikian
    Apr 1, 2013
    A playfully self-reflective rumination on what writer-director Terence Nance has described as "self-awareness through experience with love."
  4. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Apr 24, 2013
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Apr 1, 2013
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Apr 25, 2013
    Mr. Nance turns his thought into a performance of vulnerability that’s all too relatable in its indulgences. It has heart without becoming cloying.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Apr 23, 2013
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Apr 1, 2013
    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.
  9. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Apr 26, 2013
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jun 27, 2013
    The film is complex and bold, sometimes even exhilarating. It can also be frustratingly esoteric.

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