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Exit Through The Gift Shop Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 5, 2014
The characters are as compelling as you will see in anything else. Banksy is his own antihero of the film, and Guetta is fascinating to watch in his obsessive glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 29, 2013
Banksy exposes the con-job that is modern art for what it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 2, 2012
Whatever your view of Britain's most famous street artist, prepare to be teased, provoked and possibly enraged by the release of his first movie.
Dan Jardine
July 12, 2012
Just as clever as the work of Sasha Baron Cohen, but not nearly as culturally worthwhile because it is not nearly as politically candid.
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 22, 2011
An irritatingly misguided and pointless piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Louis Proyect
May 1, 2011
Too ironic by half, this film is hobbled most of all by principal Thierry Guetta, that I find insufferably banal. As a satire on a market-driven art world, it is fairly toothless. Why it has garnered rave reviews is the biggest puzzle of all.
Drew McWeeny
April 5, 2011
Energetic, exciting, entertaining, and at times illegal, Exit Through The Gift Shop is a wicked treat.
Eric Melin
March 6, 2011
Those tricky questions that lie in the chasm between art and commerce are raised naturally through the progression of the narrative, whether that narrative is partially fabricated or not.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
February 1, 2011
Curious docu about street artists with some strong language.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 31, 2010
Since virtually anything can be considered art, the term has become virtually meaningless. This documentary proves it.
Full Review | Original Score: A
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 30, 2010
The behind-the-scenes insight into the techniques of illegal street art is fascinating, as is the art-market critique..
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 29, 2010
Illustrates how our insistence and abilities in judging and evaluating art are often arbitrary, contradictory, and idiotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 24, 2010
It's funny, playful, and intriguing in a way that makes me want to see it again.
Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2010
After all those debates about the meaning of art ... [who] would have thought that the best and most incisive comments on the argument would have come from street-punk Banksy?
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
September 30, 2010
Regardless of its motives, Gift Shop is a superb work, one that demands the audience ask questions that don't always go down easily...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Glasby
September 5, 2010
A strange oxymoron of a film, like a straight-faced Spinal Tap or a Man On Wire for liars.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Scott
August 2, 2010
The street artist known as Banksy is witty, he's smart, he's subversive -- and he's compelling. So it stands to reason that the street-art doc he ostensibly hijacked would be all those things, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin Kelly
July 6, 2010
Confused yet? Good. Banksy probably wants you exactly that way.
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
June 24, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 23, 2010
A provocative and absorbing exploration of what constitutes art, the creative process and the power of hype to triumph over talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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