Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
August 15, 2008
Crump's film colourfully depicts Wagstaff's complex inner mindset and rarefied eye for imagery by allowing the stunning prints to linger on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
February 14, 2008
The movie makes its main point. Wagstaff was an important, complex, fascinating figure, well worth remembering.
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Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle
February 1, 2008
Wagstaff's character accounts for some of the frustration the film induces. Crumb's documentary style accounts for the rest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 19, 2007
Wagstaff was a fascinating figure and deserves the detailed tribute provided here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 19, 2007
A potent exercise in art-world mythography.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 18, 2007
Black White & Gray raises provocative questions but can't answer them, or even frame them with total clarity.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 18, 2007
Fine, but a little dry.
| Original Score: B-
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
October 16, 2007
A modest chronicle of an audacious life.