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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Here's a movie that starts in your face and, amazingly, keeps coming at you. That's a good thing. show more

  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    The protagonists and their idle dreams of a fiery wasteland may well be nihilistic. But the movie - with its stunning cinematography and lingering aftertaste of old-school heartbreak - most assuredly is not. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A daring feature debut by Evan Glodell, Bellflower looks like it was shot with the digital equivalent of a Brownie box camera, and generates an almost palpable aura of anxiety. show more

  • 75
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    Bellflower has plenty of rough edges and it suffers from a bad case of hipper-than-thou-ness. But it's a triumph. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Like its antiheroes, this slacker tragedy has moments of calm and originality that are sadly obliterated by a tendency toward the extreme. Still, in a kind of reverse apocalypse, the movie's toughest stretch is its first two-thirds, a navel-gazing, semi-romantic nothing-a-thon that falls away in time for the movie to emerge from the ashes. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    It's messy and leaves an unusual taste on the palate, but Bellflower has a strange, ugly-sweet appeal that couldn't have been produced without the schlocky entertainments that have channeled the imaginations of gifted but impressionable kids for decades. show more

  • 88
    Nick Schager Slant Magazine

    Evan Glodell's debut has the sweetness of a lullaby reverie and the blazing ferocity of a monster-car nightmare, a first-comes-elation, then-comes-madness structure that resembles that of "Blue Valentine," another tale focused on the commencement, and then collapse, of an affair. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A scrappy indie movie that comes out of nowhere and blows up stuff real good. It also possibly represents the debut of a one-of-a-kind filmmaker, a natural driven by wild energy, like Tarantino. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    A rewardingly twisted hybrid of low-fi mumblecore and stylized thriller. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Brace yourself for an explosively brutal finale. show more

  • February 17, 2012 aw00000000112866
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    Im still waiting for something good to happen, but it never does.

  • November 17, 2011 tp00000000105204
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    Great acting compelling yet simple story about two best friends trying to find their place in life and doing their own thing. It keeps you guessing always attentive throughout the entire film. I really enjoyed it.

  • August 26, 2011 sbk55
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    One of the most interesting love/friendship stories of characters stuck in the rut of being mid 20\'s and not knowing where or what you are going to do with your life. Loved the filming techniques and the characters (all good acting)

  • August 07, 2011 rbk45
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    Saw Bellflower at the Nuart in LA last night. Wonderful photography, compelling story and great acting. What more could you ask?

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