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Exit Through The Gift Shop Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
April 22, 2010
Wholly unenlightening, perhaps even fearful of a discussion that might challenge the integrity of the art world since, as viewed in this picture, the participants seems very uncomfortable verbalizing anything more than their own mythmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 22, 2011
An irritatingly misguided and pointless piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 19, 2010
Exit Through the Gift Shop feels dangerously close to the promotion of a cult -- almost, dare one say it, of a brand.
Louis Proyect
May 1, 2011
Too ironic by half, this film is hobbled most of all by principal Thierry Guetta, that I find insufferably banal. As a satire on a market-driven art world, it is fairly toothless. Why it has garnered rave reviews is the biggest puzzle of all.
Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2010
After all those debates about the meaning of art ... [who] would have thought that the best and most incisive comments on the argument would have come from street-punk Banksy?
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mary Louise Schumacher
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 13, 2010
Is he playing us? You bet. And quite beautifully. What's exquisite about this romp of a film is figuring out just how much of a mug he's making of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
June 3, 2010
Exit Through the Gift Shop is an exhilarating and bewildering experience but like the transient art form that it is expressing, that's sort of the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
March 24, 2010
I've never been so pleasantly surprised.
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 29, 2013
Banksy exposes the con-job that is modern art for what it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
April 14, 2010
An energetic, chaotic and thoroughly enjoyable look at a world of street art. And one hell of a prank, to boot.
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
May 7, 2010
Either a postmodernist critique of mainstream art or the cheekiest promo flick ever made
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 29, 2010
The widespread speculation that Exit Through the Gift Shop is a hoax only adds to its fascination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 29, 2010
The brilliantly untrustworthy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop reminds us that a film can start out in one direction and then change course so radically, it becomes an act of provocation unto itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 15, 2010
Droll, aerosol-thin and ultrameta, a movie about a movie that supposedly was but actually wasn't being made about Banksy by his amiably bonkers Boswell, a compulsive French videographer named Thierry Guetta.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
June 17, 2010
Can we trust a director/tour guide who appears only in shadow with an electro-scrambled voice like one of those "60 Minutes" mob informant interviews? Yes!
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 22, 2010
Fascinating documentary, as far as it goes.
David D'Arcy
Screen International
January 28, 2010
Weak production values don't matter in this fascinating look at the making of an art charlatan. Unwittingly, it seems, Banksy met and filmed his match.
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
April 14, 2010
A genuinely hip, thought-provoking work of art disguised as a doomed documentary resurrected.
April 14, 2010
It is required viewing for all undergraduates and anyone who likes to roll up their sleeves and argue "what is art?" It is also smart enough to never look you dead in the eye and ask an idiotic question like "what is art?"
Full Review | Original Score: A
Drew McWeeny
April 5, 2011
Energetic, exciting, entertaining, and at times illegal, Exit Through The Gift Shop is a wicked treat.
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