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90
The New York Times
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.
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.
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.
78
The film is studded with stirring moments of surprise.
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.
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.
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.
70
As one observer here aptly - and non-hyperbolically - sums it up, White is "a founding father of the current state of pop art."
60
A breezily entertaining profile of painter, puppeteer and performer Wayne White, Beauty Is Embarrassing places the kindhearted, foulmouthed subject front and center.
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.
50
An amiable if not especially urgent celebration of the life and work of Wayne White.

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