The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)

The Kid Stays in the Picture

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


Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for language and some brief violent and sexual images)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Television, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Brett Morgen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 19, 2003
Box Office: $1.3M
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for The Kid Stays in the Picture

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (37)

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

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

This movie is more fun than many of those tall tales that Hollywood calls feature films.

September 26, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 27, 2013
Film Geek Central

entertains and brings a true insider view

Full Review… | October 21, 2012
Old School Reviews

Truly a gripping story, but for mature teens only.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for The Kid Stays in the Picture

½

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.

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Stephen M

Super Reviewer

½

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.

mjgildea
Michael Gildea

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.

kiriyamakazou
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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