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My Kid Could Paint That Reviews

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Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

My Kid Could Paint That may not deal with life-or-death matters like murder or child molestation, but it raises questions that will nag viewers for days and weeks after the experience.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

November 16, 2007
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Mostly, the movie is a cautionary tale of the fragility of childhood innocence, with Marla becoming an enigma just by being her little-girl self.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 16, 2007
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Amir Bar-Lev's feature-filmmaking debut is easily one of the most fascinating documentaries you'll see all year.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 15, 2007

Captivating story that just gets more intriguing as it goes along.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

November 9, 2007
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly

My Kid Could Paint That is great theater, thereby proving that even a story as unique as this can't stay fresh without a little media-manipulated drama.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 4/5

November 8, 2007
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A bit ragged around the edges technically, but makes up for the imperfections on that score with its engrossing content.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B+

November 3, 2007
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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My Kid Could Paint That is documentary gold, and you will have formed an opinion on the controversy by the time you leave the theater. You may not know art, but you'll know what you like.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

November 2, 2007
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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More than a standard child prodigy profile, My Kid Could Paint That turns into a priceless examination of modern art, celebrity and what it means to be a kid.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

November 2, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The self-reflexive narrative is particularly fascinating because Marla's story is so critical to selling her art; everyone involved, the filmmaker included, has a vested interest in proving it genuine or fake.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 2, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's a thought-provoking look at the world of abstract art, the relationship between a reporter and his/her subject, and the nature of parenting, prodigies, and "objective" storytelling.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 2, 2007
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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Documentarian Amir Bar-Lev began making a film about whether Modern art is a scam and whether a 4-year-old painter from Binghampton, N.Y., might not be as good as Picasso. But Bar-Lev ended making a film instead about whether the 4-year-old is a scam.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

November 1, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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My Kid Could Paint That is a documentary that brings to the fore questions of youth exploitation, celebrity culture, the "con game" that is modern art and media's role in the whole tangled mess.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

November 1, 2007
Shawn Levy

A true conundrum: You can't say for sure if a scam is in play or if a genuine genius is being smeared. And the brilliance of the film is that it doesn't let you feel secure in choosing either side.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

October 26, 2007
Chris Barsanti

Maybe the paintings (many of which are quite extraordinarily complex and beautiful) are indeed collaborations of a sort between Mark and Marla; should it matter?

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 25, 2007
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

My Kid Could Paint That is a fascinating portrait, as much about media manipulation, the art establishment and parenting as it is about a little girl who happens to like to paint.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 20, 2007
Cynthia Fuchs

While My Kid doesn't suggest that "truth is relative," it doesn't insist on a single judgment of truth. Instead, it asks viewers to ponder how certainty and doubt reinforce one another, how the need for truth creates its own truth.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

October 19, 2007
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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Bar-Lev has made a refreshingly honest documentary.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 19, 2007
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Bar-Lev proves to be a remarkably sensitive filmmaker, one who asks questions with fairness and insight and who is constantly asking himself what effect he's having on the story.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 4/4

October 19, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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My Kid Could Paint That keeps us intrigued by the questions, long after its last shot of Marla.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 19, 2007
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

This is a really fascinating movie, but you'll wish it were longer -- long enough, say, to see how history treats Marla's work. Or maybe just long enough to see her enter Grade 1.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 19, 2007
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