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The Kid Stays in the Picture

The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)



Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 110
Fresh: 101 | Rotten: 9

Though not objective by any means, The Kid Stays in the Picture is irresistibly entertaining.


Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 2

Though not objective by any means, The Kid Stays in the Picture is irresistibly entertaining.



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Robert Evans' rise from second-string actor (who really was discovered while lounging by the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel) to head of one of Hollywood's biggest movie studios is told from the viewpoint of Evans himself in this documentary, adapted from his autobiography (and featuring Evans' own narration). In 1957, Evans had already achieved success in the garment business when actress Norma Shearer spotting him at poolside and suggested he should play her late husband, legendary producer

Aug 19, 2003


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If you love flamboyant people, movies or -- especially -- flamboyant movie people, don't miss The Kid Stays in the Picture.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This movie is more fun than many of those tall tales that Hollywood calls feature films.

September 26, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
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Even at his most obnoxious, Evans remains a fascinating figure.

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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For a life lived boldly and productively if imperfectly, Robert Evans deserves this trenchant, revealing, vastly entertaining documentary.

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Giddy, absurdly entertaining account of Evans' rise and fall in the movie biz.

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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An engrossing portrait of a man whose engaging manner and flamboyant style made him a truly larger-than-life character.

August 21, 2002
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It offers a fascinating peek into the (not always glamorous) life of a Hollywood big shot. Full of insight, meaty tidbits, and not without humor, this documentary is one of the best.

April 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

entertains and brings a true insider view

October 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Truly a gripping story, but for mature teens only.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Despite some reservations, this is an interesting and excellent documentary...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Excellent showbiz documentary.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The entire movie is purely from Evans' own perspective and any baggage he carries, but it sure is a treat.

November 2, 2005 Full Review Source:

Evans é uma figura fascinante, e é justamente sua narração em off, associada à ótima edição, que transforma este documentário em um ácido depoimento sobre Hollywood.

June 6, 2004
Cinema em Cena

But for film buffs at least, Evans's vivid story will make them feel nostalgic for this period of Hollywood history.

April 15, 2004 Full Review Source:

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January 6, 2004 Full Review Source:

A skewed, self-serving but revealing portrait of Evans's life . . . a perversely thrilling look at the pathetic backroom truth behind some of '70s Hollywood's deepest films.

December 1, 2003
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The documentary styled pic though entertaining was nevertheless irrelevant.

May 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's fairly absorbing, because tales of rise and fall usually are, but it's not very accomplished as a piece of cinema.

March 2, 2003

I'm willing to bet ... that I don't see another [documentary] this year as richly entertaining or as cathartic.

December 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Frank, hugely entertaining but hugely biased film.

December 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

A fascinating look at the topsy-turvy life of a high powered Hollywood producer that is far stranger than any work of fiction.

November 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Brilliantly crafted documentary about Hollywood legend Robert Evans may not be the unvarnished truth, but it is great, glossy fun.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

remarkable in the sense that, for all his self-aggrandizing tendencies, Evans conveys himself as both powerful and vulnerable, still a Hollywood myth of grand proportions, but also a human being

October 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

What works best is the candid nature of Evans' remarks , which often reveal more than Evans himself probably intended.

October 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)'s a shame that [film]'s only appreciative audience might be those of us with memories deep enough to recall the rise and fall and rise again of one of the industry's true crap-shooting visionaries.

October 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
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Audience Reviews for The Kid Stays in the Picture

The only thing more entertaining than an autobiographical Robert Evans documentary would be another biographical documentary with everybody else's opinion of the man. How much of this is truth and how much re-imagined, self-mythologizing bullshit, it's impossible to say. He's green-lighted and produced some great movies ("Rosemary's Baby", "The Godfather" and "Chinatown" the jewels in the crown) but Evans, understandably but disappointingly, has always tended to revisit former glories when his back's been against the wall (Ira Levin's "Sliver", Coppola's "The Cotton Club" and Nicholson's "The Two Jakes", which isn't even mentioned here, unless I missed it). Hardly the full story but fascinating stuff nevertheless, beautifully put together from manipulated photographs and clips from Evans' own movies, voiced-over by the man himself.
November 28, 2007

Super Reviewer

A great watch if you're into Hollywood history. A little hammy at points but very interesting. The quote from Evans about different perspectives on an event (your version, their version and the truth) sums up this biopic/documentary perfectly.
August 3, 2007

Super Reviewer

A fascinating look at the life of Robert Evans and the motion picture industry. The film only suffers as it is told like a slideshow, mainly through still photographs with Robert Evans narrating his own story. Funny and informative but a bit more life could have made this even better.
September 14, 2006

Super Reviewer

"The Kid Stays in the Picture" is an engaging portrait of long-time Hollywood producer Robert Evans, whose headline successes included "The Godfather," "Love Story," "Rosemary's Baby" and "Chinatown." The film is structured behind Evans' continuous narrative ramble, yet there's only the briefest flash of the contemporary man -- possibly, vanity about aging kept him offscreen. Instead, archived photos and clips emphasize his younger, dashing persona.

The lack of objectivity can be troubling -- the enemies Evans has made are not asked to testify. He does berate himself for a notorious drug bust and laments the commercial flop of "The Cotton Club," but he sidesteps other embarrassments such as his seven marriages (actress Ali MacGraw is the only wife mentioned) and the disastrous "Popeye" musical. He also liberally congratulates himself on a series of anti-drug TV specials titled "Get High on Yourself," which he humbly labels "the Woodstock of the '80s." (I personally have no memory of the show, and the clips look like horrid, saccharine kitsch. Hooray, Fonzie sings!) Elsewhere, it's puzzling that the making of "Chinatown" is casually glossed over, even though the film represented a volatile reunion of the Evans/Roman Polanski team that also birthed "Rosemary's Baby." And why no talk at all about "The Godfather II"? Hmm. But beyond these misgivings, plenty of interesting material emerges. For instance, I didn't realize Mia Farrow essentially chose "Rosemary's Baby" stardom over one-time husband Frank Sinatra, and that he served her with divorce papers during the shoot. It's also notable that Evans rejected the first cut of "The Godfather" (reason: sketchy storytelling) and pressed director Francis Ford Coppola to add approximately 50 more minutes. Obviously, that was the right call.

Make sure to sit through the closing credits for a hilarious, presumably improvised Dustin Hoffman outtake.
June 16, 2012
Eric Broome

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