Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010)

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Critic 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!"
Rating:
R (for some language)
Genre:
Comedy , Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Cast

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

Critic Reviews for Exit Through The Gift Shop

All Critics (108) | Top Critics (32)

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November 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2010
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

A provocative and absorbing exploration of what constitutes art, the creative process and the power of hype to triumph over talent.

Full Review… | June 23, 2010
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 7, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 7, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Exit Through The Gift Shop

½

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 Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

½

A fascinating documentary about an eccentric guy who decided to film the work of street artists - which could immortalize their ephemeral art -, and it is not only a record of the movement but an amusing character study and a work that makes us question the nature and value of Art itself.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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 Shankle
Eric Shankle

Super Reviewer

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