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Alice Neel Reviews

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Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
September 15, 2008
A decent warm-up to a more robust documentary that'll never be made.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Julia Wallace
Village Voice
April 17, 2007
Neel is a compelling subject, but she's more alive in one of her paintings than in all of the voluminous video footage her grandson thrusts upon us.
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Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle
January 25, 2008
So many people speak onscreen, from so many folds of Neel's life, that, despite captions, the viewer feels taxed to keep straight their identities and relationships to Neel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Cate McQuaid
Boston Globe
August 24, 2007
For all the juicy storytelling, Alice Neel remains, in this film, a cipher: brash, grandmotherly, and beyond understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Prairie Miller
October 6, 2008
This documentary by the artist's grandson Andrew Neel, delves into the life and imagination of Alice Neel, the defiant pioneering, cutting edge, raunchy and prolific late artist.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 6, 2009
Directed with great feeling and in a nonjudgmental way.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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April 18, 2008
If the artist is an elusive target, the art is as sharp as a razor blade. The portraits are extraordinary.
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
April 20, 2007
The fascinating documentary Alice Neel illuminates history while also demonstrating how an artist's style reveals his or her personality.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
May 22, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Pulver
May 22, 2009
There's much pungent detail on offer here, chronicling Neel's unorthodox lifestyle in Cuba and Spanish Harlem, and the struggles she had in an era when abstract painting was triumphant; all of which is given a little more edge than you might expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 15, 2008
Alice Neel offers a relatively objective view of a person who, seeing life as a sentence to be served, spent it doing the thing she loved.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 11, 2008
A surprisingly dense, multilayered documentary on the painter Alice Neel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2008
The finely crafted Alice Neel is at once tribute, investigative journalism and messy family drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide
April 20, 2007
[It's] more than a mere biography of an important 20th-century artist: It's also an intimate portrait of a family member that questions whether or not 'great artist' and 'good parent' can ever be combined in the same person.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
April 21, 2007
The effect is spirited rather than incriminating and, bolstered by Jonah Rapino's contemplative score, as piercingly detailed as one of Alice's mesmerizing portraits.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
May 16, 2008
There is a great deal more to Alice's story: the avant-garde of the 1920s; the government's support of artists during the Great Depression; the feminist movement of the 1970s, during which she became an icon. This rich film captures it all.
| Original Score: 4/4
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