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My Kid Could Paint That Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
October 5, 2007
As the story shifts from fanaticism to skepticism, Bar-Lev loses sight of his original line of inquiry on the nature of modern art when he doesn't need to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 14, 2007
... starts out as a meditation on the nature of art and the machinations of the marketplace ... curdles into an inconclusive and trivializing whodunit.
| Original Score: 77/100
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 6, 2007
As cunning as a double-sided Kandinsky but ultimately as shallow as a few layers of oil.
| Original Score: 3/6
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 4, 2007
The longer it goes, the more frustrating it becomes, as [director] Bar Lev declines to come down on one side or the other. It makes his presence in the Olmsteads' lives serve no real purpose other than exploitation of their misery for his own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
November 17, 2007
Bar-Lev exploits Marla as much as, if not more than, any other player in his movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 1, 2007
My Kid Could Paint That is a documentary that brings to the fore questions of youth exploitation, celebrity culture, the "con game" that is modern art and media's role in the whole tangled mess.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 19, 2007
The truth lurking beneath My Kid Could Paint That is that your kid couldn't paint that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2007
I've seen the film twice. It is a wonder, marked by a sense of wondrous skepticism that has nothing to do with cynicism.
| Original Score: 4/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
June 5, 2008
Marla's story is a sobering illustration of the way children can be exploited by adults who should know better %u2013 journalists, filmmakers and especially their own parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
September 27, 2007
Its insistent search for the truth--about art, success, family--is what keeps the film from turning into a twee human-interest column blown to main-feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
January 23, 2007
I love a documentary that doles out both sides of an interesting story and then forces you to decide for yourself where the truth actually lies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Edward Douglas
October 2, 2007
The open-endedness of the film makes for a rather unsatisfying non-conclusion to the story ... but like the best documentaries, it leaves you asking questions without trying to answer them for you.
| Original Score: 8/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 15, 2007
It's one of the best documentaries of this or any other year.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 19, 2007
Bar-Lev proves to be a remarkably sensitive filmmaker, one who asks questions with fairness and insight and who is constantly asking himself what effect he's having on the story.
| Original Score: 4/4
Chris Barsanti
October 25, 2007
Maybe the paintings (many of which are quite extraordinarily complex and beautiful) are indeed collaborations of a sort between Mark and Marla; should it matter?
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
May 19, 2008
Like all good art, this raises difficult questions.
Jeff Otto
February 9, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
March 1, 2008
The paintings become colourfully self-deluded distortions of a world where adults project themselves back into childhood, capitalizing on both the adult nostalgia for innocence and our fascination with children who seem somehow adult.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 5, 2007
The opportunities for a satirical comedy are largely missed by filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev, who does a lot of first-person hand-wringing about his methods. That is both a distraction and an indication that he got a little too close to his subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jennifer Merin
June 16, 2009
Questions of authenticity surrounding four year old Marla Olmstead's paintings occasion filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev's insightful investigation about media frenzy and public perception, and the very nature of nonfigurative art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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