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The Art Of The Steal Reviews

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David Zuckerman
Film Comment Magazine
September 24, 2014
[Don] Argott has made a worthwhile contribution to a controversy that deserves an audience.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 8, 2013
A fascinating good guy vs. bad guy art film about the big business of culture, that puts it on the same footing as big corporations.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2011
Argott beautifully explicates how this crew pulled off the most daring daylight art theft in history, though his passionate identification with the pro-Barnes faction limits the movie's political nuance.
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 11, 2010
No matter what side you end up taking, you still might be tempted to call your lawyer to go over your will just one more time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
August 1, 2010
The Art of the Steal paints only in black and white.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Kam Williams
Sly Fox
July 23, 2010
A tragic, true tale exposing America's ugly, two-tiered system of justice defined by the color line.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 14, 2010
Its lack of objectivity doesn't hurt the film as a piece of entertainment, although it does seem to weaken its own argument a little.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Lybarger
May 10, 2010
Don Argott's new documentary makes some of the most outlandish conspiracy theories seem strangely believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 8, 2010
...A highly partisan and energetic documentary
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 7, 2010
A terrifically convoluted yarn with dozens of major players.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Scott
April 22, 2010
There's a nagging, one-sided feel to this unapologetic bit of activist filmmaking, but that doesn't make the story any less compellilng, or the film any less enraging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 16, 2010
The film's good versus bad scenario is, while understandable, too simplistic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
April 16, 2010
Barnes might be only one man, but The Art of the Steal shows exactly what happens when politicians become too hungry with power and heavily infringe upon our private lives. Now I guess I can see why the Tea Party is all up in arms.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 16, 2010
A model of documentary filmmaking and activist cinematic journalism: unfailingly entertaining, expertly constructed and undeniably -- perhaps justifiably -- biased.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
April 16, 2010
While The Art of the Steal makes a very convincing -- even bone-chilling -- argument... the film fails to even ponder why easier access to some of the world's greatest art treasures might not be an entirely bad thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
April 14, 2010
Controversial and suspenseful, it evolves like a crime thriller as a collector's legally documented wishes are corrupted by the vulgarity of commerce.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rubin Safaya
April 3, 2010
That tens of thousands of years of human and cultural progress could manifest itself in a single human being... and be obliterated in less than a half-century by commoditization to the advantage of public and private power-brokers is the great tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 26, 2010
The Art of the Steal ultimately gets mired in the legal weeds, a snare made all the more frustrating by the fact that the move is a fait accompli.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 25, 2010
It's impossible not to be moved by the almost eerie film footage of the walls of the Barnes' original home with the art removed, revealing bare hooks and patches of unfaded paint: ghosts, doomed to wander.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 25, 2010
It is a pretty informative documentary and, as such, it's sure to get at least a few devoted art lovers' blood boiling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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