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Art & Copy Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

August 17, 2009
Mark Peikert
New York Press

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.

Full Review Source: New York Press

August 19, 2009
Jennifer Merin

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: | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 21, 2009
Cole Smithey

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 Source: | Original Score: C

August 19, 2009
Geoff Berkshire

[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: | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 20, 2009
Paul Brenner

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 Source: | Original Score: 2/5

August 20, 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
Brian Miller
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 18, 2009
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

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
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
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
Edward Douglas

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 9/10

August 19, 2009
Eric D. Snider

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

August 19, 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
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
Dan Fienberg

It's indispensable.

Full Review Source: HitFix

August 19, 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
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
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
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