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The Kid Stays in the Picture Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
April 9, 2002
A little objectivity could have gone a long way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
September 2, 2002
Aggressive self-glorification and a manipulative whitewash. Stay for the credits and see a devastating comic impersonation by Dustin Hoffman that is revelatory.
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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 11, 2002
"The Kid Stays in the Picture" is a great story, terrifically told by the man who wrote it but this Cliff Notes edition is a cheat.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 12, 2002
In the book-on-tape market, the film of "The Kid Stays in the Picture" would be an abridged edition
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 27, 2003
The documentary styled pic though entertaining was nevertheless irrelevant.
Full Review | Original Score: C +
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
July 23, 2002
An admitted egomaniac, Evans is no Hollywood villain, and yet this grating showcase almost makes you wish he'd gone the way of Don Simpson.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 2, 2002
...the film equivalent of a book-on-tape.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 2, 2003
It's fairly absorbing, because tales of rise and fall usually are, but it's not very accomplished as a piece of cinema.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Chute
L.A. Weekly
July 25, 2002
[Evans is] a fascinating character, and deserves a better vehicle than this facetious smirk of a movie.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 11, 2002
...a rare unguarded glimpse of inside Hollywood in its most brazenly self-referential yet least guarded moments.
Full Review| Original Score: A
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 9, 2002
It's one of the most honest films ever made about Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 17, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Truly a gripping story, but for mature teens only.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Brilliantly crafted documentary about Hollywood legend Robert Evans may not be the unvarnished truth, but it is great, glossy fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 15, 2002
It's the kind of documentary that doesn't get nominated for awards because it's too entertaining.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 8, 2002
A stylish, be-boppy portrait of a true individual with his own, invented vocabulary ... and his own, semi-invented take on the events of his life.
| Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
September 18, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
September 4, 2002
A blessed gift to film geeks and historians. If the '70's were your idea of a good time at the movies, this will make you very happy.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 9, 2002
It might be considered the best, the flashiest, the most enjoyable vanity production ever.
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
April 27, 2013
It offers a fascinating peek into the (not always glamorous) life of a Hollywood big shot. Full of insight, meaty tidbits, and not without humor, this documentary is one of the best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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