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Exit Through The Gift Shop Reviews

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Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground
June 21, 2010
Exit Through the Gift Shop is a film that needs to be seen to be disbelieved.
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 19, 2010
Either way [as documentary or hoax], the movie speaks the truth about the phoniness and self-adulation of the art world %u2014 which makes it not only fascinating but essential.
| Original Score: 4/4
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
June 17, 2010
Can we trust a director/tour guide who appears only in shadow with an electro-scrambled voice like one of those "60 Minutes" mob informant interviews? Yes!
| Original Score: B+
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 4, 2010
The only thing that may keep "Exit Through the Gift Shop" from winning the Oscar next year for best documentary is that it may be totally untrue. Aside from that, it's a shoo-in.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
June 3, 2010
Exit Through the Gift Shop is an exhilarating and bewildering experience but like the transient art form that it is expressing, that's sort of the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 28, 2010
Is Exit Through the Gift Shop a real documentary or an expert hoax? Does it really matter as long as you're laughing and thinking?
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 26, 2010
Is Banksy's film the next great thing in documentary filmmaking? Or are we all on the business end of an admittedly pretty good joke? You decide.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
May 22, 2010
Be it documentary or mockumentary, art of graffiti, there's no denying that Exit Through the Gift Shop is damn good cinema.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 20, 2010
Like the better pieces of the art it showcases, an oddity worth experiencing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
May 17, 2010
...offers 90 minutes of pretty good entertainment. The fact that it may well be just one more stunt by an artist known for stunts doesn't detract in the least from the enjoyment.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
May 14, 2010
It's endlessly arguable and open for debate. At the very least, we can all agree that Banksy has found a new wall on which to plaster his art -- that of the silver screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
May 13, 2010
The characters and events are extraordinary enough to keep you entertained with ironies and hypotheses.
| Original Score: B+
Mary Louise Schumacher
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 13, 2010
Is he playing us? You bet. And quite beautifully. What's exquisite about this romp of a film is figuring out just how much of a mug he's making of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 13, 2010
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
May 9, 2010
Real or manufactured, Banksy's film is a triumphant deconstruction of the commercial bastardization of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
May 7, 2010
Either a postmodernist critique of mainstream art or the cheekiest promo flick ever made
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
May 7, 2010
It's a cynical statement, but a statement nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 7, 2010
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 | Original Score: B+
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 7, 2010
Put-on, satire, mockumentary, goof? Whatever it is, "Exit Through the Gift Shop" is an original.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 7, 2010
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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