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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child Reviews

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Gale Robinson
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 2/5

August 20, 2010
Aaron Cutler
Slant Magazine

The more you know going into the movie, the more you sense it leaving out.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 28, 2010
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Basquiat appears to be a slippery subject, not unlike Bob Dylan, who is very difficult to decipher.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

November 12, 2010
Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

September 2, 2010
Armond White
New York Press

Fascinating yet unsatisfactory.

Full Review Source: New York Press

July 23, 2010
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

Will likely go down as the definitive account of a too-brief career and life...(The film) is fast-moving without sacrificing depth or detail.

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: A-

August 20, 2010
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Fame ultimately wore him down, but we can see Basquiat's influence all around us, on factory walls, in museums, and in Ms. Davis' adoring doc.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

September 8, 2010
Edward Douglas

Just a brilliantly-realized look at this influential artist, and really the definitive word on why he had such an impact.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 9/10

July 22, 2010
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A candid, engaging and comprehensive documentary filled with revealing and fascinating interviews.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 8.0/10

July 22, 2010
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's not an easy thing to actually give a sense of a person in a documentary, but Radiant Child pulls it off.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

September 17, 2010
Sebastian Smee
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

September 16, 2010
Kam Williams
Weekly Press

It's still better to flameout than to fade away.

Full Review Source: Weekly Press | Original Score: 4/4

August 3, 2010
Jennifer Merin

As artist and personality, Basquiat is a mesmerizing character with a fascinating story. Tamra Davis has done a wonderful job of sharing her insights into his life, ethos and aesthetic.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

July 25, 2010
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

An absorbing but fawning documentary about doomed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, built around an old, never-before-seen interview with him.

Full Review Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: B-

August 26, 2010
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...may not be a well-rounded portrait of the man, but it's a powerful look at the artist.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

September 10, 2010
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

When you see J-M's works next to Da Vinci, Picasso and Grey's Anatomy, you can see their influence, but their ideas take on new tone, texture and style under Basquiat's brush.

| Original Score: B

September 17, 2010
Robert Koehler
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Tamra Davis' labor of love... is a tender ode from one friend to another, but it's also another wheel in the hype machine that persists around the late, famed painter who blew apart the art scene in the 1980s.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 7, 2010
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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If The Radiant Child embellishes the legend in a hundred small ways, its cleverest maneuver is to keep its subject at enough of a remove to enhance his mystique.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 21, 2010
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 16, 2010
Chris Cabin

Several things are done exceptionally here but none more than the sense of intimacy that Davis conjures up through personal stories and an astute attentiveness to personality

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 22, 2010
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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