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Basquiat Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
May 5, 2011
Modest effort to illuminate the turbulent life of the New York artist.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 31, 2010
There isn't a boring shot anywhere, and writer-director Schnabel is clearly enjoying himself as he plays with expressionist sound, neo-Eisensteinian edits, and all sorts of other filmic ideas.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 30, 2009
Schnabel made his film about Basquiat, which carries its own validation. He's also made something of a work of art in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 14, 2007
The character on the screen (played by Jeffrey Wright)... is nothing more than a surface.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 16, 2004
Wright is brilliant.
| Original Score: 4/5
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
January 29, 2003
A stylish and interesting look at a moment in New York City's art world where everyone stopped to look at one person, who never seemd to quite fit.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
January 17, 2003
Pretentious and dull.
| Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
September 5, 2002
By the end of Basquiat, there are even fewer answers than when we started.
| Original Score: 2/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 14, 2001
Wright is at his best when interacting with the numerous great actors who lend small parts and cameos to the independent film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Gonsalves
January 1, 2000
Often seems like a blank canvas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Cole Smithey
December 1, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Blake French
December 19, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
August 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Dragan Antulov
January 22, 2004
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 10, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic

Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 20, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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