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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child Reviews

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Gale Robinson
Dallas Morning News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Aaron Cutler
Slant Magazine
July 28, 2010
The more you know going into the movie, the more you sense it leaving out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 12, 2010
Basquiat appears to be a slippery subject, not unlike Bob Dylan, who is very difficult to decipher.
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Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Armond White
New York Press
July 23, 2010
Fascinating yet unsatisfactory.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
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.
Edward Douglas
July 22, 2010
Just a brilliantly-realized look at this influential artist, and really the definitive word on why he had such an impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
July 22, 2010
A candid, engaging and comprehensive documentary filled with revealing and fascinating interviews.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.0/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Sebastian Smee
Boston Globe
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
Weekly Press
August 3, 2010
It's still better to flameout than to fade away.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jennifer Merin
July 25, 2010
As artist and personality, Basquiat is a mesmerizing character with a fascinating story. Tamra Davis has done a wonderful job of sharing her insights into his life, ethos and aesthetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
August 26, 2010
An absorbing but fawning documentary about doomed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, built around an old, never-before-seen interview with him.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 10, 2010
...may not be a well-rounded portrait of the man, but it's a powerful look at the artist.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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.
| Original Score: B
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Robert Koehler
July 7, 2010
Tamra Davis' labor of love... is a tender ode from one friend to another, but it's also another wheel in the hype machine that persists around the late, famed painter who blew apart the art scene in the 1980s.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 21, 2010
If The Radiant Child embellishes the legend in a hundred small ways, its cleverest maneuver is to keep its subject at enough of a remove to enhance his mystique.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 16, 2010
A touching portrait that may not be the last word on the painter, but has facts and context to burn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Cabin
July 22, 2010
Several things are done exceptionally here but none more than the sense of intimacy that Davis conjures up through personal stories and an astute attentiveness to personality
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 24, 2011
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