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The Art Of The Steal Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A fascinating good guy vs. bad guy art film about the big business of culture, that puts it on the same footing as big corporations.

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

June 8, 2013
Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
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Argott beautifully explicates how this crew pulled off the most daring daylight art theft in history, though his passionate identification with the pro-Barnes faction limits the movie's political nuance.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 3, 2011
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

No matter what side you end up taking, you still might be tempted to call your lawyer to go over your will just one more time.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 11, 2010
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

The Art of the Steal paints only in black and white.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 4/10

August 1, 2010
Kam Williams
Sly Fox

A tragic, true tale exposing America's ugly, two-tiered system of justice defined by the color line.

Full Review Source: Sly Fox | Original Score: 4/4

July 23, 2010
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Its lack of objectivity doesn't hurt the film as a piece of entertainment, although it does seem to weaken its own argument a little.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

May 14, 2010
Dan Lybarger

Don Argott's new documentary makes some of the most outlandish conspiracy theories seem strangely believable.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 10, 2010
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...A highly partisan and energetic documentary

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 87/100

May 8, 2010
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

A terrifically convoluted yarn with dozens of major players.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 7, 2010
Mike Scott

There's a nagging, one-sided feel to this unapologetic bit of activist filmmaking, but that doesn't make the story any less compellilng, or the film any less enraging.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/4

April 22, 2010
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The film's good versus bad scenario is, while understandable, too simplistic.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

April 16, 2010
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times

Barnes might be only one man, but The Art of the Steal shows exactly what happens when politicians become too hungry with power and heavily infringe upon our private lives. Now I guess I can see why the Tea Party is all up in arms.

Full Review Source: Watertown Daily Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 16, 2010
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A model of documentary filmmaking and activist cinematic journalism: unfailingly entertaining, expertly constructed and undeniably -- perhaps justifiably -- biased.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

April 16, 2010
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

While The Art of the Steal makes a very convincing -- even bone-chilling -- argument... the film fails to even ponder why easier access to some of the world's greatest art treasures might not be an entirely bad thing.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 16, 2010
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

Controversial and suspenseful, it evolves like a crime thriller as a collector's legally documented wishes are corrupted by the vulgarity of commerce.

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 7/10

April 14, 2010
Rubin Safaya

That tens of thousands of years of human and cultural progress could manifest itself in a single human being... and be obliterated in less than a half-century by commoditization to the advantage of public and private power-brokers is the great tragedy.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A

April 3, 2010
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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The Art of the Steal ultimately gets mired in the legal weeds, a snare made all the more frustrating by the fact that the move is a fait accompli.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 26, 2010
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's impossible not to be moved by the almost eerie film footage of the walls of the Barnes' original home with the art removed, revealing bare hooks and patches of unfaded paint: ghosts, doomed to wander.

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

March 25, 2010
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It is a pretty informative documentary and, as such, it's sure to get at least a few devoted art lovers' blood boiling.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

March 25, 2010
Kyle MacMillan
Denver Post
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A blunt, persuasive documentary.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 19, 2010
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