Exit Through The Gift Shop


Exit Through The Gift Shop

Critics Consensus

An amusing, engrossing look at underground art, Exit Through the Gift Shop entertains as it deflates the myths and hype surrounding its subjects.



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Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film. "Exit Through the Gift Shop" tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. The film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader and many of the worlds most infamous graffiti artists at work, on walls and in interviews. As Banksy describes it, "It's basically the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed!"

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as Banksy
Rhys Ifans
as Narrator
Thierry Guetta
as Thierry Guetta
Shepard Fairey
as Shepard Fairey
Space Invader
as Space Invader

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Critic Reviews for Exit Through The Gift Shop

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  • The plain fact is that, on some level, it doesn't matter whether the film is true or not. Either way, it's fascinating. Either way, we learn a lot. Either way, it's a great film.

    Jun 24, 2010 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A provocative and absorbing exploration of what constitutes art, the creative process and the power of hype to triumph over talent.

    Jun 23, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • As the documentary morphs into a riddle about art in the marketplace, the eyes of the beholder get crossed, and the dizziness is part of the fun.

    May 13, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Hoax or not, Exit Through the Gift Shop ends up energizing, aggravating, enjoyable and revealing. Is it art or isn't it? Who knows? Apparently no one.

    May 7, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Put-on, satire, mockumentary, goof? Whatever it is, "Exit Through the Gift Shop" is an original.

    May 7, 2010 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Like Banksy's best street work, it pushes and prods our gullibility buttons and sends the mind swirling with questions of artistic authenticity and intent.

    May 7, 2010 | Rating: 4.5/5

Audience Reviews for Exit Through The Gift Shop

  • Apr 30, 2014
    Banksy's directorial debut and it shows. It nears mockumentary status for how the subject of the film essentially becomes the filmmaker, but that switch comes too late to fulfill the larger narrative purpose or thesis, which isn't quite discernible either. I thought I'd be getting a film about graffiti and its status in the art world, but there is very little actual background or debate about this guerrilla art form. The camera flashes quickly through the art pieces, not staying on any one long enough for the audience to take it in. The film is tainted by garbled and shadowed Banksy's desire for anonymous fame, and the motor is more propelled by Thierry Guetta's wild ravings and incompetent artistry than a real search for truth. This all makes me wonder whether or not Banksy even intended to make an earnest film about the legitimacy of graffiti (which seems to be what most people take away from this film), or if he actually just intended to alienate the audience with devil-may-care antics as a type of "joke's on you, this is shite" anti-art performance piece, and if that's the case, he may have succeeded.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 03, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2013
    A very interesting look into the life of street art. The film focuses on Thierry Guetta's life as a filmer and later as an "artist" under than Mr. Brainwash. He's able to achieve success with his art even though he lacks talent and it's funny (and also ridiculous) how he pulls it off. Some of the events in the film are outlandish and there has been speculation on if this is a true story or not. It's still an entertaining documentary with a good message that resonates most with artists.
    Eric S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 29, 2012
    Really enjoyed the hell out of this. Worth watching, but even more so, worth discussing afterward.
    Ken S Super Reviewer

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