Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child Reviews

October 8, 2010
Tamra Davis's documentary does serve as a worthy companion to Julian Schnabel's 1996 biopic.
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 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 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 19, 2010
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child is a remarkably rich documentary possessing depth, range, insight and compassion.
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
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.