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An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

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Terence Nance

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Plot Summary

Executive produced by Jay-Z, Wyatt Cenac and dream hampton, Terence Nance’s dazzling, delightful and explosively creative debut, AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY utilizes a mix of live action and animation to tell the story of a relationship between Terence and a lovely young woman as it teeters between the platonic and romantic.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 33
  • Fresh: 26
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A dense, organic, dazzling and funny tapestry, making use of varied and subtly colored animation and stop-motion; candid video; playfully verbose direct address; chapters and footnotes and doodles; and suavely chosen music and sonic bridges. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Apr 25, 2013

Fresh: [An] endearing love poem. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Dec 18, 2012

Fresh: Experimental debut is an engaging essay film about (probably) unrequited love. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Dec 18, 2012

Rotten: Not so much a feature film as a series of cinematic doodles and self-reflexive ruminations on the subject of obsessive love. – Geoffrey Macnab, Independent, Feb 14, 2014

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Customer Reviews

For those with patience and an open mind...

It takes a great deal of patience to watch the filmmaker reveal his neurotic obsession with a woman by means of an equally neurotic filmmaking tactic, then, only to try to correct his misdoings with an no-less neurotic attempt to present her take on it. If you are willing to put yourself fully in his shoes (and hers) and are open-minded enough for the ride, it can be rewarding. If not, you might just find it tedious.

Sweet Poetry

a harmonious look into love, relationships, and the layers of temporarily fleeting but longlasting thoughts.


To imagine a film for so long and to now be able to see it brings only one word to mind: excitement. I have awaited this film and it has arrived. Only, it has arrived in grand fashion. It has ignited my sensory and emotional disposition. It has made me think, and moreover, it has made me feel. I travelled with Mr. Nance on a cinematic journey through love, self knowledge, and chance through this film. A journey that I enjoyed from start to finish.

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Romance
  • Released: 2013

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