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The Kid Stays in the Picture Reviews

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
If you love flamboyant people, movies or -- especially -- flamboyant movie people, don't miss The Kid Stays in the Picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
September 26, 2002
This movie is more fun than many of those tall tales that Hollywood calls feature films.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 23, 2002
Even at his most obnoxious, Evans remains a fascinating figure.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
August 23, 2002
For a life lived boldly and productively if imperfectly, Robert Evans deserves this trenchant, revealing, vastly entertaining documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 23, 2002
Giddy, absurdly entertaining account of Evans' rise and fall in the movie biz.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
August 21, 2002
An engrossing portrait of a man whose engaging manner and flamboyant style made him a truly larger-than-life character.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
August 16, 2002
It's Hollywood navel-gazing at its best.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
August 16, 2002
For movie lovers, it's like an aging Lancelot reminiscing about Camelot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 16, 2002
Should delight anyone who ever wondered how Tinseltown really works.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 16, 2002
The thing about guys like Evans is this: You're never quite sure where self-promotion ends and the truth begins. But as you watch the movie, you're too interested to care.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 15, 2002
Even if you don't emerge from the film ready to worship at his Beverly Hills altar, you wind up liking the guy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 15, 2002
Evans is shameless, but his self-deprecating humor takes the sting out of his 'truth.'
Read More | Original Score: B
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 9, 2002
A little like being stuck at a fellow's deathbed, listening to him gas and gas about his life -- only in this case, the guy turns out to be fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 9, 2002
It's the very best kind of documentary -- an irresistible story, creatively and elegantly told.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 9, 2002
Hugely entertaining from start to finish, featuring a fall from grace that still leaves shockwaves, it will gratify anyone who has ever suspected Hollywood of being overrun by corrupt and hedonistic weasels.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 9, 2002
One of the must-see films for any student of Hollywood fame and infamy.
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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.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 9, 2002
Implicitly acknowledges and celebrates the glorious chicanery and self-delusion of this most American of businesses, and for that reason it may be the most oddly honest Hollywood document of all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
August 9, 2002
The best thing the film does is to show us not only what that mind looks like, but how the creative process itself operates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 8, 2002
An incredibly entertaining movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 8, 2002
The movie's high points ... are the ones when he's most fervently selling himself, as in the delightful scene where we see Evans rescue his job (and his studio) with a suave promo film/presentation directed by Mike Nichols.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 26, 2002
[Morgen and Burstein] reinvigorate the usual menu of archival footage with a 3-D cutout style that imbues inert black and white stills with a playful, camp dynamism.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 26, 2002
A dazzling dream of a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Megan Turner
New York Post
July 26, 2002
Unabashedly subjective but deliciously entertaining biopic.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 26, 2002
The Kid Stays in the Picture may be baloney. But it's all beef, and no bull.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
July 25, 2002
One of the funniest, and most telling, films of the year.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 25, 2002
A witty, colorful and poignant account of the life and times of producer Robert Evans.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 10, 2002
It's great fun and compulsively watchable.