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Art & Copy Reviews

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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Pray inserts facts that are eye-popping (the food industry spends $34 billion annually on ads) and alarming (every year, the average child sees 20,000 TV commercials).

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

November 12, 2009
Peter Schilling
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Art & Copy offers an intriguing -- some might say frightening -- glimpse into the world that has prompted a generation of Americans to religiously tune into the Super Bowl just to watch those short movies that sell product.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

November 5, 2009
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Doug Pray asked them what it was like to change the world on behalf of someone else's product

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2009
Andy Klein
Christian Science Monitor

Even without the nostalgic aspects, Art & Copy is thoroughly entertaining. But the film ends up being an advertisement for advertising. It's hard not to wonder if we're being sold a bill of goods.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

September 18, 2009
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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They are the giants of modern advertising, and they have some alluring tales to tell.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 11, 2009
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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An entertaining but also oddly naive documentary about American advertising.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

September 2, 2009
Cathleen Roundtree
Boxoffice Magazine

Art & Copy possesses enough classy artistry, hip invention, and big-idea philosophy to launch itself into the documentary stratosphere--where it belongs.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

August 28, 2009
Neil Rosen
NY1-TV

The joy that these creative types experience when their work is successful and the seriousness with which they approach their craft comes shining through. Along the way, viewers get caught up in their exuberance.

Full Review Source: NY1-TV | Original Score: 3/4

August 21, 2009
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Occasionally Art & Copy becomes an advertisement for advertising -- some of the talking heads are a little self-congratulatory -- but it offers plenty of food for thought. And makes it taste good, too.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 21, 2009
Mike Hale
New York Times
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The world may be going Mad Men, but Doug Pray's documentary Art & Copy presents a very different picture of the advertising industry.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 21, 2009
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Art & Copy is mightily diverting, for those who don't mind being sold a slick bill of goods.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

August 20, 2009
Dan Fienberg
HitFix

It's indispensable.

Full Review Source: HitFix

August 19, 2009
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

It's entertaining as far as it goes, a highly watchable portrait of one of America's most distinctive communication tools.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B-

August 19, 2009
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net

A deeply fascinating movie ... you'll probably never be able to look at commercials and ads the same way again.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 9/10

August 19, 2009
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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Like a good ad, Art & Copy bounds along and never bores. That's a big credit to Pray's savvy compilation and of editor Phillip Owens' crisp cuts.

August 19, 2009
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

As the glossiest of colored glossies this film delivers a message than creativity is still alive in America. But the main reward seems to be corporate bottom lines.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 5/10

August 28, 2009
Jennifer Merin
About.com

Advertising's a great documentary subject. Unfortunately, 'Art & Copy,' as slick and stylish as it is, doesn't do an adequate job of exploring its subject.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 21, 2009
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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When all is said and done, Art & Copy is little more than an ad for advertising.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

August 21, 2009
Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
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It all sounds rather grandiose, but it's hardly a surprising view from folks accustomed to thinking big.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

August 21, 2009
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com

[The] relentlessly positive approach results in a movie that feels like it was made for an advertising convention, not general audience consumption (let alone edification).

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 20, 2009
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