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Art & Copy Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
August 17, 2009
The subjects seem so deluded by a sense of self-importance that they put forth any number of outrageous claims about the significance of their art in order to justify a life spent serving a potentially dubious interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Mark Peikert
New York Press
August 19, 2009
By narrowing his focus to just the cream of the ad crop, [director] Pray comes across as a Madison Avenue huckster himself, one who's selling the public on the classiness of smart ads.
Jennifer Merin
About.com
August 21, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
August 19, 2009
Professedly intended to reflect an Errol Morris "Fast, Cheap and Out of Control" type of documentary, Pray misses the mark by leaving his own editorial voice out to dry.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
August 20, 2009
[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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Paul Brenner
Filmcritic.com
August 20, 2009
We have finally reached the point where the only honest and inviolate form of media is the clear, crisp, and untainted craft of online film criticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
August 21, 2009
It all sounds rather grandiose, but it's hardly a surprising view from folks accustomed to thinking big.
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Brian Miller
Village Voice
August 18, 2009
Everyone quoted here, and perhaps Pray himself, wants to be seen as an artist. But in this economy, those of us who pay for ordinary stuff might not be so inclined to worship this particular art form.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
August 19, 2009
It doesn't matter how much garrulous delusion the subjects spout. [Director] Pray buys it wholesale and propagates the myth that there's something to respect about getting inside people's heads and rewiring them into mass-consumptive lemmings.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
August 28, 2009
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 | Original Score: 5/10
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 21, 2009
When all is said and done, Art & Copy is little more than an ad for advertising.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Hale
New York Times
August 21, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
August 19, 2009
A deeply fascinating movie ... you'll probably never be able to look at commercials and ads the same way again.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
August 19, 2009
It's entertaining as far as it goes, a highly watchable portrait of one of America's most distinctive communication tools.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Cathleen Roundtree
Boxoffice Magazine
August 28, 2009
Art & Copy possesses enough classy artistry, hip invention, and big-idea philosophy to launch itself into the documentary stratosphere--where it belongs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Schilling
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 5, 2009
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.
Dan Fienberg
HitFix
August 19, 2009
It's indispensable.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
August 20, 2009
Art & Copy is mightily diverting, for those who don't mind being sold a slick bill of goods.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
November 12, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
August 19, 2009
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.
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