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The Art Of The Steal Reviews

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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
March 19, 2010
A blunt, persuasive documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2010
I found it fascinating for a number of reasons, balanced reporting not among them.
March 18, 2010
While outraged aesthetes tell us that the Barnes Foundation is a perfect jewel box of a museum, the filmmakers they hired to argue their case don't spend enough time exploring or explaining what makes this cloister so special.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 14, 2010
...a biased hatchet job, glorifying a guy who tried to limit the viewing of great art to a chosen few and villifying those who fought to free them for wider viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
March 12, 2010
The Art of the Steal lays out a good story, but perhaps not the whole story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 12, 2010
In spite of a fair amount of screen time for the move's proponents, Steal is a polemic that decries the subversion of Barnes' will and what it all means for the future of the arts.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 12, 2010
No matter what side you're on, you're likely to be flabbergasted as The Art of the Steal details the twists and turns of chicanery and fate that brought his art to the pass it's at today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 12, 2010
The movie is clear, absorbing and argumentative.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 12, 2010
Marshaling a wealth of archival and new material, it made me want to hop on a plane to Philadelphia to see the original before it's emptied.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 12, 2010
The movie's never less than entertaining, but you often feel like arguing with the screen, and not in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 11, 2010
A fine documentary that inspires thought long after the details of the art collection are forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 11, 2010
What is finally clear: It doesn't matter a damn what your will says if you have $25 billion, and politicians and the establishment want it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 11, 2010
Don Argott's documentary tracks the Barnes Foundation's complicated history, from its inception by Albert C. Barnes to the ugly legal battle over its relocation from Merion, PA to Philadelphia.
March 10, 2010
The gripping yet hyperbolic drama examines the ownership of art and the public's right to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 5, 2010
With talking heads, helpful graphics and ample archival footage Argott clearly, concisely depicts the events that speed us to a struggle that's captured a city.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 3, 2010
Don Argott's absorbing documentary reveals the truth that mainstream Hollywood movies almost always hide from us: it frequently isn't just one villain screwing someone over, it takes a village.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 3, 2010
At times, The Art of the Steal is a bit too shocked by the vulgarity of commerce, but it's memorable when it meditates on the changing face of where we look at art, and how that changes the art itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 1, 2010
I think it's gripping.
March 1, 2010
It's a really interesting story, but I think it's just too black and white.
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