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The Art Of The Steal Reviews

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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.
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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+
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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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle MacMillan
Denver Post
March 19, 2010
A blunt, persuasive documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 12, 2010
The Art of the Steal lays out a good story, but perhaps not the whole story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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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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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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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+
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
March 1, 2010
I think it's gripping.
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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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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 1, 2010
Calculated to enrage and pulling it off like gangbusters...
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 26, 2010
Argott treats Barnes' story as an intellectual crime thriller, uncovering each new surprise - and a seemingly endless parade of villains - with a deadpan flourish. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/2010/02/26/2010-02-26_short_tak
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 25, 2010
A hard-hitting documentary about a high-cultural brawl.
| Original Score: 3/5
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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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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 25, 2010
The film is convincing and righteous in its advocacy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 24, 2010
The prickliness of the doc will stay with you long after its sour hysteria fades.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
February 23, 2010
The Art of the Steal presents its aesthetes versus Phila-stines argument cogently, convincingly, and engagingly.