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My Kid Could Paint That Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mark Bourne
Film.com
March 11, 2008
New York Times senior art critic Michael Kimmelman offers sharp insights when he mentions how Marla's painting reflects not just 'innocence' and what our psyches project into them, but also 'the cynicism of the art world.'
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 22, 2008
A fascinating exploration of art, creativity, and family dynamics that takes an unexpected right hook.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
November 2, 2007
My Kid Could Paint That is documentary gold, and you will have formed an opinion on the controversy by the time you leave the theater. You may not know art, but you'll know what you like.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
November 2, 2007
More than a standard child prodigy profile, My Kid Could Paint That turns into a priceless examination of modern art, celebrity and what it means to be a kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 2, 2007
The self-reflexive narrative is particularly fascinating because Marla's story is so critical to selling her art; everyone involved, the filmmaker included, has a vested interest in proving it genuine or fake.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 2, 2007
It's a thought-provoking look at the world of abstract art, the relationship between a reporter and his/her subject, and the nature of parenting, prodigies, and "objective" storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
November 1, 2007
Documentarian Amir Bar-Lev began making a film about whether Modern art is a scam and whether a 4-year-old painter from Binghampton, N.Y., might not be as good as Picasso. But Bar-Lev ended making a film instead about whether the 4-year-old is a scam.
| Original Score: 4/5
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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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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
October 19, 2007
Bar-Lev has made a refreshingly honest documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 19, 2007
My Kid Could Paint That keeps us intrigued by the questions, long after its last shot of Marla.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
October 19, 2007
A fascinating documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 15, 2007
It's one of the best documentaries of this or any other year.
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Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle
October 12, 2007
Bar-Lev goes to the heart of the issue -- that all art, but especially abstract art -- demands commitment on every side, but commitment takes many forms and has many motives behind it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 12, 2007
For parents, My Kid Could Paint That functions as a mirror, prompting us to wonder at what point we should draw the line and close the door. When the national media camp out in our living rooms? When the kid's college account is full?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 5, 2007
Bar-Lev is also intrigued by the ethereality of childhood, and whether nurturing a gift can also kill it.
| Original Score: A-
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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
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 5, 2007
Amir Bar-Lev began this documentary as a fairly straightforward portrait of a prodigy. What he ended up with was a complex examination of art, the media and the nature of fame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 5, 2007
An intimate, sometimes unsettling family drama.
| Original Score: 3/5
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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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 4, 2007
Amir Bar-Lev's documentary is fascinating on all kinds of levels: as a movie about the nature of art, the lure and pitfalls of celebrity, and the complicated conundrums of parenting.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 4, 2007
[A] mysterious, gripping meta-documentary, a movie that reflects upon the thorny, unpredictable process of capturing a real-life story on film at the same time it's trying to figure out what the story is.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 3, 2007
Amir Bar-Lev's engrossing film is as much about the stubborn ambiguities of art, truth, meaning, and relationships as it is about the authenticity of the Olmstead oeuvre.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Globe and Mail
September 6, 2007
What begins as a sweet documentary about yet another art prodigy becomes an absorbing look at the world of art scandals, trial by media and the parental role in the frenzied creation and perpetuation of a phenomenon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 25, 2007
A fascinating subject handled with intelligently provocative care.
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James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2007
Skillfully shot and edited.