Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)

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In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200, and became best friends with Andy Warhol. Appreciated by both the art cognoscenti and the public, Basquiat was launched into international stardom. However, soon his cult status began to override the art that had made him famous in the first place. Director Tamra Davis pays … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By:
Written By: Tamra Davis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 17, 2010
Box Office: $0.3M
Runtime:
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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (13)

Tamra Davis's documentary does serve as a worthy companion to Julian Schnabel's 1996 biopic.

Full Review… | September 17, 2010
Globe and Mail
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In the end the art must speak for the artist; Davis wisely stands aside and lets the magical images tell their tales.

Full Review… | September 17, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A touching portrait that may not be the last word on the painter, but has facts and context to burn.

Full Review… | September 17, 2010
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The intimate, home video footage -- which has never been shown -- feels poignant, a throwback to Basquiat's early days on the New York scene when he got by on his good looks, an elusive inner confidence, and the generosity of others.

Full Review… | September 17, 2010
Boston Globe
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[Davis] underplays the place of drugs in the downtown club scene, treating the artist's heroin use as a nearly unaccountable late affliction.

Full Review… | September 17, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
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While it is wonderful to see so many Basquiat paintings, at the film's end the viewer is left feeling complicit in the exploitation.

Full Review… | September 17, 2010
Dallas Morning News
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