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Smash His Camera (2010)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 16
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 6
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 380

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Movie Info

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sued him, Marlon Brando broke his jaw and Steve McQueen gave him a look that would have killed, if looks could kill. To the celebrities he pursued, photographer Ron Galella was the beast who threatened beauty. As it turned out, he gave them a strange and lasting beauty they might never have known without him. Inherent in the story of this notorious paparazzo are the complex issues of the right to privacy, freedom of the press and the ever-growing vortex of celebrity … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for brief language and nudity)
Genre:
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Oct 19, 2010
Box Office:
$2.4k
Runtime:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Smash His Camera

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (4) | DVD (2)

The notorious tabloid photographer finally gets his due.

Full Review… | July 30, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Mr. Galella emerges as a kindred soul for the curious documentarian and as a large, complicated personality in his own right.

Full Review… | July 30, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Aside from some overly jaunty soundtrack music, Smash His Camera assembles Galella's anecdotes smartly, and supports them well visually.

Full Review… | July 29, 2010
AV Club
Top Critic

Gast's film takes off only when it recounts past conquests and grudges.

Full Review… | July 28, 2010
Time Out New York
Top Critic

Leon Gast's documentary portrait has a freewheeling charm that perfectly matches its subject.

Full Review… | July 27, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

[An] entertaining docu by When We Were Kings' Leon Gast.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Variety
Top Critic

Smash His Camera is a treasure trove for old Hollywood obsessives.

Full Review… | September 15, 2013
Trespass

Ultimately, Galella's work is more interesting than the man behind the camera.

Full Review… | September 14, 2010
Film Threat

An entertaining and thought provoking film with more celebrity pictures, and interviews, than you can shake a stick at.

Full Review… | August 2, 2010
Monsters and Critics

A paparazzo's life, replete with flashbulbs and sucker punches, says much about the nature of celebrity and our fascination with it.

Full Review… | July 30, 2010
Film Journal International

It's an irresistible, illuminating documentary on a subject once thought glamorous, but now often resembles madness.

Full Review… | July 30, 2010
BrianOrndorf.com

[Leon] Gast seems to have waded into this subject without much of a road map, and left it to [Ron] Galella to show him the way

Full Review… | July 30, 2010
Filmcritic.com

[T]houghtful and entertaining look at the changes in our celebrity-obsessed culture over the past 40 years as seen through a ubiquitous lens and controversial career.

Full Review… | July 30, 2010
Film-Forward.com

The film refuses to pass judgment on the controversial photog, letting him do his own thing.

Full Review… | July 30, 2010
Slant Magazine

Whether on Fifth Avenue or in a Grand Ballroom or schmoozing with film crews for information, Galella is , oblivious to the feelings and havoc around him.

Full Review… | July 29, 2010
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

There is casual genius in some of the captured moments, a combination of access, timing, and luck, with the subject almost always carrying most of the image's weight.

Full Review… | July 29, 2010
Movieline

A robust and snappy documentary about Ron Galella, the controversial photographer of America's superstars and celebrities.

Full Review… | July 29, 2010
Spirituality and Practice

Gast's presentation is super-slick and surprisingly dynamic for a film concerned with still images.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Eye for Film

As king of the paparazzi, Ron Galella has been slugged by Marlon Brando, sued by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and slurred by other photographers. Now, filmmaker Leon Gast turns his camera on Galella, and the result is fascinating and full of surprises.

Full Review… | June 4, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Smash His Camera

Very interesting. An amazing look at a paparazzi photo journalist who has been reviled, and scorned, throughout his career - justifiably by some accounts. He, however, has taken some of the most unbelievable photos ever. He has held exhibitions, and even has a coffee table book of his photos that I might consider purchasing, thanks to this documentary.

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itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

Fairly interesting documentary about a really interesting guy. The first famous paparazzi.

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kenstachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

We've seen most of this discussion on balancing the first amendment and privacy rights before, but in the final ten minutes where we see a number of young people confused as to who all these older celebrities are in Galella's photographs we realize that how fleeting accomplishment is.

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Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

½

One of the first well known paparazzi. This guy is a real pro at invading people's privacy. Should have been called 'Life of a professional stalker'.

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KLFilmmaker
Wu Chouin

Super Reviewer

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