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Alice Neel Reviews

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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
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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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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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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
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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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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
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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.