It's Such a Beautiful Day

It's Such a Beautiful Day

2012
Comedy
Drama
1h 2m
Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche, in this new feature film version of Don Hertzfeldt's animated short film trilogy. (imdb)
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It's Such a Beautiful Day

2012
Comedy
Drama
1h 2m
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Rated 23 Nov 2012
94
99th
In which Don Hertzfeldt, the guy who gave us Rejected, achieves everything Terrence Malick tried to do with The Tree of Life, in the format of a 62-minute cartoon. Funny, sad, touching, unique, and all in all one of the most memorable new films I've seen in a long time.
Rated 07 Feb 2013
90
97th
It's like someone punched my soul and now I can't stop crying.
Rated 11 Jul 2013
80
77th
I didn't quite feel the soul-punch others must have, but it is still a sublime piece of art. I found it more funny than profound, but it does do a pretty nice job at times of throwing mortality in your face moments after laughing at silly little cartoons. It also manages to cover an incredible breadth and depth of material in a short running time - and almost flawlessly so. Really impressive.
Rated 25 Jun 2013
95
98th
It takes something special to be so profoundly tragic, quietly funny, suddenly terrifying, despairingly depressing and beautifully life-affirming all at once. I'm genuinely astonished at just how moving this film actually is, and for reasons I'm not even completely sure I can adequately explain. Our fear of mortality, the way it hinders our appreciation of life, and how our brief existence in one small corner of space and time makes every detail worth cherishing, in one hour of stick figures.
Rated 11 Dec 2012
99
99th
An absolute masterpiece. A triumph of cinema. A revelation. Brilliant. Transcendent. Euphoric. Perfect. Sublime. "It's Such a Beautiful Day."
Rated 05 Jan 2015
75
74th
Hertzfeldt's film is structured to evoke the desultory fragmentation of a dying man's memory & experience -- jumping haphazardly into & out of life & lucidity; unable to parse past, present, never & forever -- but as a result it never fully coheres, becomes something much more than a series of moments that land sometimes with the pang of epiphany or familiarity but at others with the sense that the ideas that he wishes to express lay beyond his observational, stream-of-consciousness method.
Rated 30 May 2015
97
96th
I thought I was going to be watching a cartoon. Why am I curled up in the fetal position? More moments of profundity than Paul Haggis has whispered into quiet stillness.
Rated 14 Jul 2014
55
34th
narrator takes on the mysteries of life using imprecise thinking and trivial self-absorbed observations
Rated 17 Apr 2015
93
99th
As I sit now, drenched in existentialist sweat, I look back to consider what I have just watched. From a man whose only prior work I had seen included the line "I am bleeding out of my anus!" comes.. this. This is an outstanding piece of work that is tragic, comical, beautifully observed and effortlessly absurd. As our life moves forward, the moments we experience move past us into memory. This film is about the flimsiness of that process and consequently, what can we really hold on to.
Rated 02 May 2018
40
19th
Unique and rather interesting, but ultimately not for me.
Rated 18 Dec 2014
100
99th
Arguably the most beautiful film I've ever seen.
Rated 24 Mar 2018
56
0th
Couldn't finish it. I did not like the narrators voice and the art, but i'm sure many people could enjoy this film because it is at least unique.
Rated 25 May 2013
5
91st
It's like a combination of Slaughterhouse-Five and The Tree of Life by way of stick figure animation and Stan Brakhage, which is every bit as amazing as that sounds. Probably the best, most ambitious, and most imaginative animated film I've ever seen. Even greater than the sum of its rather brilliant parts.
Rated 30 Jul 2014
90
94th
It's never easier to fall flatter on your face as an artist than when making sincere, serious, ambitious works on the ur-theme of mortality. Hertzfeldt faces the additional hurdle of a filmography full of ironic, absurdist, irreverent material. Beautiful Day may always stick out like a sore thumb, and be approached with trepidation and skepticism, but it is an undeniable, unqualified, expectation-shattering success. AND it's still funny.
Rated 09 Mar 2016
84
75th
Beautiful, funny, sad film that makes mental illness tangible in a heartfelt way. The first segment is the standout here, while the second lags, as it loses the delicate balance between the "black" and the "comedy." The final segment is also quite good..."You are forgiven"...sigh.
Rated 14 Dec 2014
50
19th
What is this, I don't even...
Rated 16 Feb 2016
85
88th
Thought provoking and interesting. It really makes you appreciate life and everything it has to offer, even the little things.
Rated 06 Aug 2017
50
19th
Underwhelming.
Rated 05 Feb 2015
90
92nd
Hertzfeldt has always had a singular creative spirit but damn. Dude is bringing the avant-garde to the masses, and I wish him well. The background imagery that compliments the familiar white canvases throughout the film is overwhelmingly eclectic and meticulously crafted to help tell the story. The story itself, of a man's perceptual "awakening" in the face of his mental deterioration, is utterly moving. It's like Ikiru but more cosmic in its ambitions, more expressive. Great
Rated 07 Nov 2013
84
77th
For a stick figure animation, it's pretty damn amazing. This series of shorts takes an ambitious and harsh look right at the big themes and pulls it off successfully, creating a somewhat universal insight into trying to find meaning as we wonder through our existence. I wasn't down with it all the way, but it captured me for the most part, due to the inventive animated style and sound design, and the use of music didn't hurt either.
Rated 06 Jul 2014
91
99th
As close to capturing mortality, fate, and regrets as I've seen in film. Each of the three parts quickly flips through idea after idea in quick succession, the majority hitting emotionally-traumatizing notes that resonate like nothing else. It's not a perfect movie but I can't imagine a perfect one looking too much different than this.
Rated 26 Apr 2020
89
93rd
It's Such A Beautiful Day feels like the cinematic equivalent of experimental noise rock, using visual, aural, and emotional extremes to be impactful. The dark, silly narration only augmented the imagery. The film continually pulls the audience downward with its sad, sickly descriptions, but then peaks of absurdity and near non sequiturs result in laughter, snapping the viewers out of its hypnotizing depression. With vibrantly spastic animation, this is a wondrous and difficult film.
Rated 11 Aug 2016
50
13th
Couldn't connect with the slam-poetry-esque narration and ugly visual compositions. Ultimately too contrived for my taste.
Rated 03 Dec 2020
79
84th
Many films have tried before to push my buttons - specificly this one button, of how simple childhood was. Not to say that it's so simple - not understanding can be even more overwhelming. But this one had me crying like a baby when I suddenly recalled how grass felt when it had no connotations. The sky when it didn't symbolise a thing, and the world was nothing but a view from the back seat, smeared and undefined.
Rated 12 Mar 2021
80
80th
Narrator: "He lives, and he lives, until all of the lights, go out."
Rated 27 Apr 2015
80
64th
27 Nisan 2015 & too much music & too much narrator's voice. But it is has great sense of humor anyway!
Rated 28 Jul 2013
100
98th
In this combined format, the short films become daunting, but ultimately profound and monumentally beautiful. Hertzfeldt knows how to exhibit a full gamut of emotions to the viewer without allowing the piece to become maudlin or (conversely) too humorous, all while firmly maintaining his unique style and perspective on the themes explored in this film. Hertzfeld is a true artist, plain and simple.
Rated 14 Sep 2015
66
39th
I got on board with the in-passing observations & human reactions that are innocently vulgar. I lost immersion during the psychotic experiences, as you could expect, but that was a means to an end, an end which regains the audience when things become quite real for a story that surrounds a stick figure. Kudos to Don for one-manning the project.
Rated 19 Aug 2016
70
17th
A tricky one to rate. At times I found the simple animations and voice over enchanting, the perfect canvas for exploring some existential themes. At other times, I was utterly lost or bored out of my mind.
Rated 25 Mar 2016
68
40th
Kind of self-absorbed. Sometimes entertaining, sometimes boring. I didn't really feel connected to this series, but I can see why others would enjoy it.
Rated 12 Oct 2021
83
76th
Wasn't sold at first because the narrator was giving me Elliot Rodgers manifesto vibes. But it ended up being funny and uplifting enough to make the depressing bits work. The 'leafblower' and 'rainy bus-ride' musical sequences are standout. The peephole framing is an effective device, rendering the experience of memory as a series of fragmented vignettes in a void
Rated 26 Nov 2016
0
0th
negative gurgleplotz
Rated 31 Jan 2014
42
17th
If I had a rubber,...
Rated 29 Mar 2017
92
96th
A movie in which drawings of stick figures and some flat narration manages to draw out all possible sorts of emotion. Very scary, deeply sad and yet often hilariously funny. It's not the easiest watch, but it's immeasurably impressive when you start to consider what you're actually looking at.
Rated 07 Jul 2024
98
95th
Extraordinarily raw and intensely moving anthology takes inspiration from Adam Elliott but runs even further into the void of existential angst – gripping, harrowing but also profoundly funny, sympathetic and even warm-hearted in its framing of the areas its leading man ends up exploring, this is quite the intense journey; surprisingly so given it all wraps up within an hour’s running time!
Rated 19 Jan 2015
88
92nd
Macabre, weird, sad, funny, and potent. What is it about? Well...nothing, and everything. Life is impermanent, beauty, though everywhere, is fleeting, and stick figures can tell much bigger stories -- about life and death, family and identity, sickness and health, memory and perception -- than you might imagine.
Rated 07 Aug 2015
97
89th
Light, dark, ironic, sardonic and amazingly human for stick figures.
Rated 30 Mar 2018
90
75th
Don Hertzfeldt is one of a kind. Every person more or less seriously interested in animation should be familiar with his works.
Rated 06 Jun 2018
60
58th
eng; [it's such a beautiful day]; die dokumentation über einen mann der probleme hat seine erinnerungen zu sortieren und nicht zu vergessen.;
Rated 27 May 2021
76
25th
Overrated
Rated 15 May 2019
80
56th
sorry but my spoon is too big, really, for this one.
Rated 29 Aug 2019
85
95th
Hertzfeldt seamlessly glued together his then-latest animated short trilogy into this almost feature-length masterpiece of the macabre. It's a stick-figure rumination on life and death, combining the warped, deviant visual humor Hertzfeldt was always known for, with a verbose narration that's part deadpan and part stirring existential poetry.
Rated 19 Sep 2019
30
2nd
Grotesque story telling.
Rated 13 Apr 2020
80
68th
My only reservation is that the three shorts work better as stand alone films then they do strung together as one big film. Each film deals with slightly different concerns, the middle one in particular branches into very different areas, but this still ends up feeling a bit repetitive and long, where each short on it's own is a deeply rewarding experience.
Rated 12 Jul 2020
5
98th
Beautiful, brilliant existential exploration.
Rated 06 Mar 2021
25
3rd
Nihilism + crappy animation + discordant noises + choppy narration. Closest to "demonic" of what I've yet seen, and I've seen a lot.
Rated 09 Apr 2021
85
81st
A real work of art. It submerges you in the mindspace of Bill, a place you'd most certainly do not want to be. Bill's mind is filled with sadness, madness and the small, weird observations of someone seeing the world anew every day. The way it manages to evoke such a feeling of losing ones mind is disturbing and disorienting in all the best ways. But beneath all the insanity is a beating heart as well as a wonderful, if often incredibly dark sense of humor.
Rated 12 Jul 2021
90
94th
Watching this is like being beaten up, then in the hospital your best friend promises that you are a good person, then Aristotle shows up and explains the meaning of the universe to you but you don't understand him because he's speaking in ancient greek, and then you look out the window and notice the leaves of a tree swaying, and you feel happysad.
Rated 08 Oct 2021
93
98th
I cried while watching this masterpiece. It’s just a fantastic movie that made me feel magnificently insignificant and just really shook me to my core (and made me laugh!); I adore it, definitely a new favourite movie.
Rated 08 Oct 2021
95
91st
And bill will outlive them all, for millions and millions of years, exploring, learning, living. Until the Earth is swallowed beneath his feet. Until the sun is long since gone. Until time loses all meaning, and the moment comes that he only knows the positions of the stars, and see's them whether his eyes are closed or open. Until he forgets his name, and the place he'd once come from. He lives, and he lives, until all of the lights, go out.
Rated 25 Aug 2022
83
73rd
Estreava há exatos 10 anos nos EUA. É bem bonito, mas me incomoda demais a narração ininterrupta como vemos nesse filme, as micro pausas de narração não são suficientes para nos dar fôlego para ruminar o que estamos vendo e quanto mais velha fico mais gosto do meu cinema contemplativo. BlurayRip RARBG.
Rated 24 Oct 2022
92
57th
This is an incredible trio of films and this cut of them is stellar- the only thing keeping the score down is that even I can’t always handle that much pathos in one sitting
Rated 26 Aug 2015
100
99th
Beyond words.
Rated 17 Dec 2014
90
93rd
I wonder what Don's parents reaction to this is.
Rated 14 Aug 2015
92
97th
You wouldn't think three shorts, each made a couple of years apart, would flow so well together, but they do and they add up to more than the sum of their parts, which were already great individually. As a complete film all the humour remains but the depth is increased by having all the various aspects of life contrasting with each other and the build up to ending becomes much more powerful.
Rated 06 Jun 2015
80
50th
Delicate work of art. Didn't feel soul punching, but still touching.
Rated 07 Feb 2015
85
96th
Calling this a profound Existential movie seems silly, especially since Hertzfeldt can come across as a smartass. The film also feels like a cross between a stand-up routine (a la Steve Wright/Seinfeld) and experimental/Dadaist movie. But there are moments of raw power, suggesting an artist who is committed to truth, and a truly inspired coda. Taken together, it's not only a profound Existentialist films, but one of the best animated films I've seen! ps71
Rated 20 Feb 2015
65
62nd
I feel like a film like this is meant to resonate in order to really be impactful, and apart from being fairly disturbing at times, it just didn't seem to resonate. Maybe it was the narration, maybe it was the stick figures, I'm not sure. Still quite unique and worth a watch.
Rated 25 May 2017
70
77th
Kinda slow to get into, but once you've got going, it's pretty interesting. Well narrated with some interesting animation, regardless of the simplistic style.
Rated 09 Feb 2015
85
92nd
Bizarre but extraordinary.
Rated 16 Dec 2014
87
67th
Hertzfeldt is a genius, that much is sure.
Rated 02 Jan 2015
75
40th
Sentimental and ironic, somehow this doesn't seem to move much beyond film school metaphysics with stick figures for me. The black humor was the hilight.
Rated 12 Sep 2017
95
97th
Man.... man, just watch it.
Rated 15 Mar 2013
96
98th
So many feels.
Rated 08 Sep 2013
90
59th
a short movie with repeating sequences and how they make difference in our world
Rated 29 Aug 2016
80
90th
it's weird, confusing, yet bittersweet and the more you think about it, the more nonsensical it becomes. it's, well...life.
Rated 17 May 2015
9
89th
Simple yet incredibly moving, "It's Such a Beautiful Day" compensates for its pace with strong writing and sincere poignancy.
Rated 03 Apr 2015
90
84th
Hjerteskjærende og morsom animasjonsfilm. Hadde ingen kjenskap til den før jeg satte den på (mye fordi det bare var snakk om en time, noe som er greit når man ikke aner noe om kvaliteten), noe som førte til en av årets store filmoverraskelser. De enkle animasjonene blandet med andre filmtyper var et effektivt virkemiddel som virkelig bidro til den trykkende og lett absurde stemningen.
Rated 27 Apr 2013
5
73rd
billy's balloon is still his best movie
Rated 29 May 2016
100
96th
Brilliant
Rated 27 Apr 2016
1
3rd
It's not for me. Funnily enough Criticker's probable score was 77.
Rated 05 Jun 2013
80
90th
bah ball
Rated 18 Jul 2016
90
89th
I have grown to like this movie more and more with time. It might be unpleasant to watch, but I honestly can't think of anything else that expresses these feelings. I'm pretty sure this movie depicts madness really well. I think I know now what it is to be mad. The fact that he can do it with stick figure animation is so impressive. The sound effects are what drives it all, I think.
Rated 25 Aug 2015
58
53rd
Meh. Lacking in its ability to penetrate the depths of human intricacy, meaning that its depiction and story too strongly felt and were contrived and shallow.
Rated 16 Nov 2019
85
61st
very pleasant watch
Rated 22 Nov 2015
10
97th
(average score, see separate reviews)
Rated 04 Feb 2015
58
77th
As an evocation of memory and temporality, compares w/ "La Jetée" [1963], in some ways. Its surreal, almost pseudo-SF type dealio reminded me of Ballard, oddly [there's a particular line about something like fragments of someone else's memories being latent in old neural tissue], with outer space turned inner space, and human psychology itself molded by the landscape of capitalism, etc. Really beautiful, although, aesthetically, I guess I prefer LJ. Also didn't care much for the third part.
Rated 26 Mar 2015
94
88th
Every human beings should watch this as soon as possible...
Rated 20 Feb 2016
91
93rd
Video Review: https://youtu.be/FWRgP3C8qHY
Rated 15 Dec 2014
86
86th
Pretty much the epitome of the post-irony/New Sincerity sensibility, whatever it is exactly, done the right way. I'll never like stick figures as much as actors, although Hertzfeldt certainly does his best with his inherently limited technique, otherwise i might rate this higher. I guess i overall prefer the deadpan comedy to the stabs at metaphysical significance, but i can also understand Hertzfeldt wanting the chance to stretch the full potential of the medium. Well done.
Rated 12 Dec 2014
88
91st
One of the best films about thinking about death that I've ever seen, while using film techniques that would make Brakhage proud.
Rated 25 Apr 2015
97
99th
Like watching my brain on film.
Rated 28 Feb 2016
95
97th
This had me pondering life itself, and the very existence of my own soul. To say Don Hertzfeldt is a genius is an understatement. Profound beyond any reasonable expectations.

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