Skip to main content


Based on 12 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    A documentary that is often told in adages, riddles and poetry. show more

  • 70
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    There's no shortage of fascinating segments. show more

  • 80
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    By movie’s end, you see flocks of umbrella-adorned commuters in a different light; and what’s often viewed as Japanese humility becomes a doorway to something huge and eternal. Bring the kids. show more

  • 70
    John P. McCarthy Boxoffice Magazine

    An entomologist's delight, Jessica Oreck's movie about Japan's insect mania is worth watching even if you're repulsed by creepy-crawlers. show more

  • 83
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    A delightfully weird, if occasionally too arty, documentary as darting in its structure as a dragonfly's flight. show more

  • 90
    Justin Chang Variety

    Eschewing character arcs and talking heads in favor of a more poetic approach, this lyrical exercise in avant-garde entomology is the work of an intuitive filmmaker with an often hypnotic sense of composition. show more

  • 80
    Village Voice

    There's enough wisdom in this appropriately compact film to suggest avenues of further, though likely not as wondrous, inquiry. show more

  • 70
    David Edelstein New York Magazine (Vulture)

    I’m not wholly clear on the link between a jellied green thing wriggling along a tree branch and the oneness of life, but Shinto Buddhist ruminations sound good in almost any context, and the film is entrancing. show more

  • 70
    The New York Times

    The diverting Beetle Queen, like “Lost in Translation” or Takashi Murakami’s art, says less about Japan than it does about America’s continuing fascination with modern Japanese culture. show more

  • 60
    Los Angeles Times

    A meditative piece that is by turns hypnotically beautiful and painfully slow. It's the kind of film perhaps best appreciated in smaller doses, in the same way bench rest can help sustain a tiring museum visit. show more

similar movies

  • Over the Hills and Far Away (2009)

  • The Tiger Next Door (2009)

  • The Chances of the World Changing (2006)

  • Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys (2013)

  • The Future of Food (2004)

Stay Connected with Moviefone

Download the Free App!

My Settings

You are currently subscribed as: {email}


Get the latest reviews, movie news, photos, and trailers sent straight to your inbox.

Weekly Newsletter

Daily alerts


You're not following any movies.

These are the movies you’re currently following.

    Update settings