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My Kid Could Paint That Reviews

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Jennifer Merin

Questions of authenticity surrounding four year old Marla Olmstead's paintings occasion filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev's insightful investigation about media frenzy and public perception, and the very nature of nonfigurative art.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

June 16, 2009
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

One of art's richest rewards is its way of teaching us about our assumptions, doubts, and capacity for faith. ... My Kid Could Paint That gets people thinking and talking.

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: A+

November 26, 2008
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

Marla's story is a sobering illustration of the way children can be exploited by adults who should know better %u2013 journalists, filmmakers and especially their own parents.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Original Score: 3/4

June 5, 2008
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

Like all good art, this raises difficult questions.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

May 19, 2008
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Mais interessante do que a provável fraude envolvendo a encantadora Marla é a reveladora sombra que o documentário projeta sobre o universo da arte moderna.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 24, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews awfully slight yet basically agreeable documentary...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 13, 2008
Mark Bourne
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New York Times senior art critic Michael Kimmelman offers sharp insights when he mentions how Marla's painting reflects not just 'innocence' and what our psyches project into them, but also 'the cynicism of the art world.'

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March 11, 2008
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The paintings become colourfully self-deluded distortions of a world where adults project themselves back into childhood, capitalizing on both the adult nostalgia for innocence and our fascination with children who seem somehow adult.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

March 1, 2008
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

A fascinating exploration of art, creativity, and family dynamics that takes an unexpected right hook.

Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: A

February 22, 2008
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev's "My Kid Could Paint That" is an impressive feat in that it revels in its own ambiguity while still giving us a very entertaining, ripped-from-the-headlines mystery story.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 21, 2007
Neil Smith

A compelling documentary that leaves you wondering if there is nothing sacred in this stinking world.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

December 18, 2007
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... starts out as a meditation on the nature of art and the machinations of the marketplace ... curdles into an inconclusive and trivializing whodunit.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 77/100

December 14, 2007
Will Lawrence
Empire Magazine

A highly engaging documentary that recounts a remarkable tale.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

December 14, 2007
Matthew Turner

Hugely entertaining documentary that raises interesting questions about media exploitation, the value of art and even the subjective nature of truth within the documentary format.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

December 13, 2007
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Raises compelling questions about artistic 'authenticity,' the 'meaning' of modern art, the voracious and double-edged demands of the news media, the exploitation of children and the nature of faith itself.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

December 7, 2007
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

Bar-Lev handles [the portrayal of the Marla hype machine] sensitively and with a minimum of contrivances. He examines his role, but avoids excessive self-reference.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

December 1, 2007
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

The journey becomes as frustrating as it is engrossing for director Bar-Lev and even more so for the audience.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: B

November 30, 2007
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A probing film not only about the subjective nature of art but also about the hypocrisy of the intelligentsia, the pervasiveness of modern media, and the sincerity of parents.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

November 22, 2007
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Bar-Lev exploits Marla as much as, if not more than, any other player in his movie.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2007
Paul Kosidowski
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It's a rare glimpse into the truth about the world and the art that tries to say something about it.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 17, 2007
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