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  • Summary: With arresting insight, vulnerability, and a delightful sense of humor, Terence Nance’s explosively creative debut feature, An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty, documents the relationship between Terence and a lovely young woman (Namik Minter) as it teeters on the divide between platonic and romantic. Utilizing a tapestry of live action and animation, Terence explores the fantasies, emotions, and memories that race through his mind during a singular moment in time. [Variance Films] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Apr 25, 2013
    100
    Mr. Nance turns his thought into a performance of vulnerability that’s all too relatable in its indulgences. It has heart without becoming cloying.
  2. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Apr 26, 2013
    90
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Elise Nakhnikian
    Apr 1, 2013
    88
    A playfully self-reflective rumination on what writer-director Terence Nance has described as "self-awareness through experience with love."
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Apr 1, 2013
    70
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jun 27, 2013
    63
    The film is complex and bold, sometimes even exhilarating. It can also be frustratingly esoteric.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 25, 2013
    60
    As a wry, knowing narrator guides us in and out of their symphonic affair, there’s no doubt the trip is worth it.
  7. Reviewed by: Patrick Peters
    Feb 3, 2014
    40
    A frustratingly ungraspable movie collage compiled with real visual flair.

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