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  • Summary: Beauty Is Embarrassing chronicles the vaulted highs and the crushing lows of a commercial artist struggling to find peace and balance between his work and his art. Acting as his own narrator, Wayne guides us through his life using moments from his latest creation: a hilarious, biographical one-man show. The pieces are drawn from performances at venues in Tennessee, New York and Los Angeles including the famous Roseland Ballroom and the Largo Theater. (Future You Pictures) Expand
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Oct 4, 2012
    78
    The film is studded with stirring moments of surprise.
  4. 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.
  5. 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."
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 18, 2012
    50
    An amiable if not especially urgent celebration of the life and work of Wayne White.

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