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The Art Of The Steal Reviews

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Chris Barsanti
February 22, 2010
...hardly the crime of the century.
| Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
August 1, 2010
The Art of the Steal paints only in black and white.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 26, 2010
Is it really "a tragedy" that lots more people will get to see these paintings?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 25, 2010
As a narrative of the facts, it is as one-sided as a plaintiff's brief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
March 1, 2010
It's a really interesting story, but I think it's just too black and white.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Medley
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
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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
David Zuckerman
Film Comment Magazine
September 24, 2014
[Don] Argott has made a worthwhile contribution to a controversy that deserves an audience.
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
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 8, 2010
...A highly partisan and energetic documentary
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Christopher Campbell
February 26, 2010
An arousing David versus Goliath narrative with a fascinating ensemble of protagonists ... and villains.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
March 1, 2010
I think it's gripping.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 19, 2010
I found it fascinating for a number of reasons, balanced reporting not among them.
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
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
February 23, 2010
The lesson here is more chilling - that if you have something worth stealing, no contract, however sacrosanct, can protect it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
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
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