My Kid Could Paint That Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Otto
ReelzChannel.com
February 9, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jennifer Merin
About.com
June 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
November 26, 2008
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 | Original Score: A+
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
June 5, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
May 19, 2008
Like all good art, this raises difficult questions.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
March 24, 2008
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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 13, 2008
...an awfully slight yet basically agreeable documentary...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Bourne
Film.com
March 11, 2008
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.'
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
March 1, 2008
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.
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 22, 2008
A fascinating exploration of art, creativity, and family dynamics that takes an unexpected right hook.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
December 21, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Neil Smith
BBC.com
December 18, 2007
A compelling documentary that leaves you wondering if there is nothing sacred in this stinking world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Will Lawrence
Empire Magazine
December 14, 2007
A highly engaging documentary that recounts a remarkable tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
December 13, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 7, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
December 1, 2007
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.
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
November 30, 2007
The journey becomes as frustrating as it is engrossing for director Bar-Lev and even more so for the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 22, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 18, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 3, 2007

Sydney Morning Herald
October 19, 2007
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