Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child Reviews

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March 21, 2018
... [Director Tamra Davis] shows us an unknown facet of the artist, with a series of interviews and touching images that reveal the personality of a contemporary art hero... [Full review in Spanish]
June 2, 2015
Tamra Davis's documentary Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child might make you weep (it did me) and might help you better appreciate a painter whose work matters enormously in the history of late-twentieth-century art.
November 18, 2010
What may convince viewers of the quality of the art and the genius of its creator is the barrage of so many paintings, flashing each briefly before the eyes.
November 12, 2010
Basquiat appears to be a slippery subject, not unlike Bob Dylan, who is very difficult to decipher.
October 8, 2010
[Director Tamra Davis] uses [a rare] interview as the foundation for an eye-opening look at Basquiats meteoric career and how art, fame, drugs and media collided in this one young mans life.
October 8, 2010
Tamra Davis's documentary does serve as a worthy companion to Julian Schnabel's 1996 biopic.
September 17, 2010
When you see J-M's works next to Da Vinci, Picasso and Grey's Anatomy, you can see their influence, but their ideas take on new tone, texture and style under Basquiat's brush.
September 17, 2010
It's not an easy thing to actually give a sense of a person in a documentary, but Radiant Child pulls it off.
September 16, 2010
Finally, a film about an artist acknowledges that the art is what's important.
September 16, 2010
A touching portrait that may not be the last word on the painter, but has facts and context to burn.
September 16, 2010
The intimate, home video footage -- which has never been shown -- feels poignant, a throwback to Basquiat's early days on the New York scene when he got by on his good looks, an elusive inner confidence, and the generosity of others.
September 10, 2010
...may not be a well-rounded portrait of the man, but it's a powerful look at the artist.
September 8, 2010
Fame ultimately wore him down, but we can see Basquiat's influence all around us, on factory walls, in museums, and in Ms. Davis' adoring doc.
September 2, 2010
[Davis] underplays the place of drugs in the downtown club scene, treating the artist's heroin use as a nearly unaccountable late affliction.
August 27, 2010
A lively and persuasive look at the artist's life, oeuvre, and impact.
August 26, 2010
An absorbing but fawning documentary about doomed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, built around an old, never-before-seen interview with him.
August 20, 2010
While it is wonderful to see so many Basquiat paintings, at the film's end the viewer is left feeling complicit in the exploitation.
August 20, 2010
Will likely go down as the definitive account of a too-brief career and life...(The film) is fast-moving without sacrificing depth or detail.
August 19, 2010
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child is a remarkably rich documentary possessing depth, range, insight and compassion.
August 4, 2010
What really sets this superb documentary apart is its filmic vibrance: it practically pulsates with a captivating energy that's lacking in the genre all too frequently.
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