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Art & Copy Reviews

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August 22, 2017
Funded by the very same business it purports to examine, the film does not question the hand that strokes and feeds it. Rather, it celebrates it. It is not documentary at all, it merely resembles one.
August 17, 2009
The subjects seem so deluded by a sense of self-importance that they put forth any number of outrageous claims about the significance of their art in order to justify a life spent serving a potentially dubious interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 19, 2009
By narrowing his focus to just the cream of the ad crop, [director] Pray comes across as a Madison Avenue huckster himself, one who's selling the public on the classiness of smart ads.
August 21, 2009
Advertising's a great documentary subject. Unfortunately, 'Art & Copy,' as slick and stylish as it is, doesn't do an adequate job of exploring its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 19, 2009
Professedly intended to reflect an Errol Morris "Fast, Cheap and Out of Control" type of documentary, Pray misses the mark by leaving his own editorial voice out to dry.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 20, 2009
[The] relentlessly positive approach results in a movie that feels like it was made for an advertising convention, not general audience consumption (let alone edification).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 20, 2009
We have finally reached the point where the only honest and inviolate form of media is the clear, crisp, and untainted craft of online film criticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 21, 2009
It all sounds rather grandiose, but it's hardly a surprising view from folks accustomed to thinking big.
August 18, 2009
Everyone quoted here, and perhaps Pray himself, wants to be seen as an artist. But in this economy, those of us who pay for ordinary stuff might not be so inclined to worship this particular art form.
August 19, 2009
It doesn't matter how much garrulous delusion the subjects spout. [Director] Pray buys it wholesale and propagates the myth that there's something to respect about getting inside people's heads and rewiring them into mass-consumptive lemmings.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 28, 2009
As the glossiest of colored glossies this film delivers a message than creativity is still alive in America. But the main reward seems to be corporate bottom lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
August 21, 2009
When all is said and done, Art & Copy is little more than an ad for advertising.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 21, 2009
The world may be going Mad Men, but Doug Pray's documentary Art & Copy presents a very different picture of the advertising industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 19, 2009
A deeply fascinating movie ... you'll probably never be able to look at commercials and ads the same way again.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
August 19, 2009
It's entertaining as far as it goes, a highly watchable portrait of one of America's most distinctive communication tools.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 28, 2009
Art & Copy possesses enough classy artistry, hip invention, and big-idea philosophy to launch itself into the documentary stratosphere--where it belongs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 5, 2009
Art & Copy offers an intriguing -- some might say frightening -- glimpse into the world that has prompted a generation of Americans to religiously tune into the Super Bowl just to watch those short movies that sell product.
October 5, 2017
... this survey of the greatest hits of salesmanship is an interesting look at the intersection of art, exploitation, business and popular culture, and the creative culture that creates these campaigns.
August 19, 2009
It's indispensable.
August 20, 2009
Art & Copy is mightily diverting, for those who don't mind being sold a slick bill of goods.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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