Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child Reviews

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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.
August 3, 2010
It's still better to flameout than to fade away.
July 28, 2010
The more you know going into the movie, the more you sense it leaving out.
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.
July 23, 2010
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child does not romanticize or glamorize, but tells his story with love and respect.
July 23, 2010
Fascinating yet unsatisfactory.
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
July 22, 2010
A candid, engaging and comprehensive documentary filled with revealing and fascinating interviews.
July 22, 2010
Just a brilliantly-realized look at this influential artist, and really the definitive word on why he had such an impact.
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.
July 21, 2010
A fine, visually handsome biographical documentary about the brief life and even briefer career of the great 20th Century artist, and a film that demonstrates all the strengths and weaknesses of what might be called the "cinema of personal affiliation."
July 21, 2010
The legend of the artist's meteoric rise and fall (to heroin) is so widely known -- and already dramatized via Julian Schnabel's fine biopic, Basquiat -- that Davis is smart to go as personal as she can.
July 20, 2010
[Davis'] homage -- tender, never hagiographic -- also contains some biting analysis of the racism, both overt and insidious, that the artist was up against.
July 7, 2010
Lively and touching doc combines insider view of its art-star subject with smart present-day interviews.
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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