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Alice Neel Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Directed with great feeling and in a nonjudgmental way.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

June 6, 2009
Andrew Pulver
Guardian [UK]

There's much pungent detail on offer here, chronicling Neel's unorthodox lifestyle in Cuba and Spanish Harlem, and the struggles she had in an era when abstract painting was triumphant; all of which is given a little more edge than you might expect.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

May 22, 2009
Prairie Miller

This documentary by the artist's grandson Andrew Neel, delves into the life and imagination of Alice Neel, the defiant pioneering, cutting edge, raunchy and prolific late artist.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

October 6, 2008
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine

A decent warm-up to a more robust documentary that'll never be made.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 15, 2008
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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The finely crafted Alice Neel is at once tribute, investigative journalism and messy family drama.

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

September 12, 2008
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A surprisingly dense, multilayered documentary on the painter Alice Neel.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

June 11, 2008
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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There is a great deal more to Alice's story: the avant-garde of the 1920s; the government's support of artists during the Great Depression; the feminist movement of the 1970s, during which she became an icon. This rich film captures it all.

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

May 16, 2008
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Alice Neel offers a relatively objective view of a person who, seeing life as a sentence to be served, spent it doing the thing she loved.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

May 15, 2008
Jonathan F. Richards
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If the artist is an elusive target, the art is as sharp as a razor blade. The portraits are extraordinary.

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April 18, 2008
Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle
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So many people speak onscreen, from so many folds of Neel's life, that, despite captions, the viewer feels taxed to keep straight their identities and relationships to Neel.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 25, 2008
Cate McQuaid
Boston Globe
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For all the juicy storytelling, Alice Neel remains, in this film, a cipher: brash, grandmotherly, and beyond understanding.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 24, 2007
Mark Holcomb
Time Out New York
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The effect is spirited rather than incriminating and, bolstered by Jonah Rapino's contemplative score, as piercingly detailed as one of Alice's mesmerizing portraits.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

April 21, 2007
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

[It's] more than a mere biography of an important 20th-century artist: It's also an intimate portrait of a family member that questions whether or not 'great artist' and 'good parent' can ever be combined in the same person.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

April 20, 2007
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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The fascinating documentary Alice Neel illuminates history while also demonstrating how an artist's style reveals his or her personality.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 20, 2007
Julia Wallace
Village Voice
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Neel is a compelling subject, but she's more alive in one of her paintings than in all of the voluminous video footage her grandson thrusts upon us.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 17, 2007
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

May 22, 2009
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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