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Exit Through The Gift Shop Reviews

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Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
May 3, 2010
A treatise on Bad Art and a screed against tone-deaf patterns of consumption that drive trends in the art world.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews
April 30, 2010
Even if you are not a fan of street art, this documentary will make you both laugh and teach you that original film making is still out there!
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 30, 2010
Exit Through the Gift Shop offers an absorbing glimpse of a bracingly subversive slice of the culture, as well as some tantalizing images of Banksy at work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 30, 2010
Exit Through the Gift Shop is inspiring, subversive and thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 29, 2010
Exit Through the Gift Shop, credited as "A Banksy Film," poses some bitingly funny questions about the meaning and value of art. Is it in the eye of the beholder? Is it truth plus beauty? Anything you can get away with? Brainwashing?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 29, 2010
Some have suggested that the whole story, including the emergence of Mr. Brainwash, is an elaborate hoax engineered by Banksy to satirize the commodification of art. If so, it's a brilliant one.
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
April 29, 2010
Questions abound, but regardless of the verisimilitude of the film, it is highly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 29, 2010
The brilliantly untrustworthy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop reminds us that a film can start out in one direction and then change course so radically, it becomes an act of provocation unto itself.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 29, 2010
The widespread speculation that Exit Through the Gift Shop is a hoax only adds to its fascination.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
April 26, 2010
Fascinating.
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
April 26, 2010
Legendary British graffiti artist Banksy raises a compelling question in his new film: is there a difference between real and perceived power?
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 23, 2010
This initiates a role reversal in which documentarian becomes artist and vice versa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 23, 2010
...begins with the documentary Banksy commissioned and ends like "The Rutles." It's not quite like anything you've ever seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 22, 2010
One of the best, most karmically satisfying comedies of the year, much to the chagrin of the people who are in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
April 22, 2010
Is "street art" art? Can anybody do it? These are some of the questions grappled with or at least entertained by "Exit Through the Gift Shop," an engagingly comical documentary supposedly directed by the acclaimed British street artist known as Banksy (I
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
April 22, 2010
Exit Though the Gift Shop is a funny romp through the art world, and while I don't know if it's a bona fide documentary, I know what I like.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 22, 2010
Fascinating documentary, as far as it goes.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
April 22, 2010
Wholly unenlightening, perhaps even fearful of a discussion that might challenge the integrity of the art world since, as viewed in this picture, the participants seems very uncomfortable verbalizing anything more than their own mythmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
April 21, 2010
Appearing hooded and shrouded in silhouette, his voice electronically altered, Banksy allows that his protégé's art might be "a bit of a joke." Could the tale of Guetta -- now known as Mr. Brainwash -- be an elaborate hoax? I'm happy not to be sure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Sorrento
Bright Lights Film Journal
April 19, 2010
Here comes a rich smell drawn from a load of bullsh-t.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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