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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: Kimberley Jones
    Oct 4, 2012
    78
    The film is studded with stirring moments of surprise.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 18, 2012
    50
    An amiable if not especially urgent celebration of the life and work of Wayne White.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Sep 8, 2012
    70
    As one observer here aptly - and non-hyperbolically - sums it up, White is "a founding father of the current state of pop art."
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Sep 28, 2012
    60
    The result is an artist profile that doesn't feel like the standard, stuffy artist profile. Instead, Beauty is Embarrassing is an entertaining whimsy that, like White, never takes itself too seriously, doesn't overstay its welcome and never, ever underestimates the value of a chuckle.
  5. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Sep 7, 2012
    75
    Those with a high tolerance for the ultimate four-letter word, and a love for eccentrics, will be entertained by both White and his art.
  6. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Sep 13, 2012
    75
    Though the movie isn't wildly original, its time-tested, artistic mantra of "just go out there and do it" is hard to resist.
  7. Reviewed by: Elise Nakhnikian
    Sep 4, 2012
    88
    Neil Berkeley's documentary is as puckish as its subject, so steeped in artist Wayne White's creative juices that it makes you want to go straight home and start making things.
  8. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Sep 6, 2012
    90
    The creativity grows like kudzu in Beauty Is Embarrassing, Neil Berkeley's enlightening and often hilarious portrait of the Los Angeles artist Wayne White. And it yields a thousand blossoms.
  9. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 5, 2012
    60
    A breezily entertaining profile of painter, puppeteer and performer Wayne White, Beauty Is Embarrassing places the kindhearted, foulmouthed subject front and center.
  10. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Oct 19, 2012
    75
    Beauty Is Embarrassing stays true to White's own exacting standards: It's thoughtful, skillfully executed and pure pop pleasure, from start to finish.

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