• R, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    George Gallo
  • In Theaters:    Apr 29, 2006 Wide
  • On DVD:    Sep 8, 2009
  • Monterey Media Inc.

Local Color Reviews

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
Top Critic
June 24, 2009

How is it that a film about the love of art can make art seem so detestable?

S. James Snyder
Time Out New York
Top Critic
July 1, 2009

The sweeping landscapes look flawless, but missing from Local Color's canvas is any nuance in its human elements.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
Top Critic
July 6, 2009

I suspect Local Color will lose those unfamiliar with the jargon and subtleties of the art world. Skip it.

Ben Lyons
At the Movies
Top Critic
July 6, 2009

Obviously a passio project for Gallo but he is never really able to translate that importance to the audience. We never really care or connect with these characters.

Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
June 30, 2009

Local Color is a sappy brick to the audience's forehead.

Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
John Tottenham
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
July 30, 2009

For a purportedly autobiographical work, the events of this labor of love from director George Gallo, fit seamlessly into the fabric of the standard coming-of-age movie.

Brian Orndorf
October 18, 2007

Local Color is a sensitive portrayal of a young painter trying to sharpen his gifts and it's also a deeply flawed piece of filmmaking. It's a movie that will have you loving and loathing the world of art, often in the same instant.

Full Review | Original Score: D+
Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine
July 2, 2009

Lacks the quality storytelling and visual beauty needed for all-important critical acclaim and positive word of mouth.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jay Weissberg
Top Critic
October 13, 2007

Even the soft-hearted may find this formulaic yarn of a young man's apprenticeship to a cantankerous artist too rosy-hued and treacly.

Kam Williams
Sly Fox
July 5, 2009

Forget The Karate Kid, make room for The Painting Protégé!

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
June 26, 2009

Beneath its layers of sentimentality Local Color means what it is says.

| Original Score: 3/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
November 30, 2008

Exploring the nurturing and development of artists, this film is more about the performances of Mueller-Stahl and Morgan than anything.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
October 18, 2007

A sweet, autobiographical coming-of-age story set in the summer of 1974.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
July 31, 2009

Kriter-director George Gallo has given the stocky, ever-commanding Mueller-Stahl a heroic, bravura role and has been rewarded by the actor with a towering, complex portrayal that is surely among his finest.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011

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