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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
I suspect Local Color will lose those unfamiliar with the jargon and subtleties of the art world. Skip it.
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.
The sweeping landscapes look flawless, but missing from Local Color's canvas is any nuance in its human elements.
| Original Score: 2/5
Beneath its layers of sentimentality Local Color means what it is says.
| Original Score: 3/5
How is it that a film about the love of art can make art seem so detestable?
A sweet, autobiographical coming-of-age story set in the summer of 1974.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Even the soft-hearted may find this formulaic yarn of a young man's apprenticeship to a cantankerous artist too rosy-hued and treacly.