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Art Bastard Reviews

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August 28, 2018
This is a few more passes in the editing bay and a handful of reshoots away from being a well made documentary.
August 29, 2017
Bob Cenedella brings all the drama necessary to make Art Bastard a compelling portrait.
December 31, 2016
Sure, the artist is a bit full of himself, but I've found that people who aren't full of themselves tend to be full of platitudes and other people's anecdotes. I'll take a windbag over a grab bag any day.
October 14, 2016
Kanefsky paints a vivid picture of an entertaining rogue, one who finally gets his due with this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 1, 2016
An invigorating celebration to a one-of-a-kind genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 24, 2016
At its best, Cenedella's work captures the vibrancy of New York street life, while at its worst, it's superficially clever and self-indulgent.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
June 23, 2016
The madly teeming pop-cartoon paintings of Robert Cenedella anchor a lively look at a self-styled superstar of outsider art.
June 23, 2016
Cenedella may never become a household name, but "Art Bastard" argues persuasively that fame is overrated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 23, 2016
It's basic in design, but the production is merely out to identify inspiration, doing so with a sense of humor and trust in the subject's natural charisma.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 16, 2016
Though "Art Bastard" is a zesty, engaging documentary about a veteran outsider, when it comes to his complexities, it's not terribly cohesive.
June 16, 2016
You may not recognize the name going in, but after spending 82 minutes watching director Victor Kanefsky cast a heartfelt lens in Cenedella's direction, you'll never forget him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 10, 2016
I love a good skewering, and the serious-funny side of life that is celebrated in Cenedella's oeuvre gets an engaging look-see in this excellent film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 9, 2016
Cenedella is rough around the edges, yet he remains fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 8, 2016
Breezy and vivid, Art Bastard ultimately delivers the person: criminally underrated yet still principled and generous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 6, 2016
Art Bastard shines brightest not as a biographical portrait -- an aim in which it succeeds only sporadically -- but rather as a showcase for the highly imaginative and thoughtful works by the now 76-year-old, too-little-known painter.
Top Critic
June 3, 2016
'Art Bastard' is a film about a man who has tilted - and continues to tilt - at the art-world equivalent of Don Quixote's windmills.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 3, 2016
Engaging and thought-provoking ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 2, 2016
A loving tribute to one of the most delightfully tenacious and ardently passionate voices in modern art.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 2, 2016
"It's not what they show, it's what they don't show," the painter Robert Cenedella complains in "Art Bastard," Victor Kanefsky's robust, plain-talking documentary portrait of this lifelong rebel and art-world gadfly.
June 2, 2016
Sick of art as commodity, with sharks in formaldehyde tanks? This is the film for you. (Ignore the Village Voice review since this worthless newspaper is part of the problem, not the solution.)
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