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Portrait of Wally Reviews

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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
May 6, 2013
An account of greed, betrayal, culpability and self-serving moral relativism.
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Austin American-Statesman
May 6, 2013
The story is compelling, and the fallout of the 13-year legal battle over Portrait of Wally not only established important legal precedence regarding art looted from Holocaust victims, but also caused some soul-searching in the museum world.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
May 6, 2013
The journey of the painting, and the Bondi family's efforts to reclaim it, are the meaty subject of Andrew Shea's engrossing documentary.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jason Anderson
The Grid
May 6, 2013
The film's troubling take on the moral flexibilities of the art world may also have viewers wondering about the provenance of what they see on museum walls.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
September 7, 2012
For such a winding, research-heavy piece, Portrait of Wally moves at a brisk clip, with Gary Lionelli's agitated score lending the film the breathless quality of a police procedural.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lavanya Ramanathan
Washington Post
August 3, 2012
Although the film at times moves through the evidence at an impossibly fast clip, the response of MoMa will doubtlessly resonate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 19, 2012
It's a fascinating story, even as Shea's film sometimes tells it in a slightly convoluted way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 19, 2012
By showing how difficult and problematic righting a wrong can turn out to be, "Portrait of Wally" does itself proud.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
The Jewish Advocate
July 2, 2012
Portrait of Wally reminds us that nearly 70 years after the war, some lessons of the Holocaust have yet to sink in.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 20, 2012
A painting's provenance matters, and so does this portrait of Portrait of Wally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 20, 2012
...the journey of just one of many, many thousands of Nazi plundered art works and its rightful return to its owner.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 19, 2012
...would make a great double bill with "The Art of the Steal," another documentary which exposes the ruthless greed and obsessions which power the world of public art exhibition.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
June 13, 2012
A complex legal controversy is made enthralling and not infrequently shocking.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 13, 2012
Intricate documentary about stolen art is presented as if it were a thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jennifer Merin
About.com
May 29, 2012
In chronicling the law case, the film also provides a fascinating profile of the lives of Schiele, Wally and Lea Bondi, and of Vienna's cultural ambiance pre-World War II.
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
May 29, 2012
Whatever might happen in future, however, the film underlines that the Wally case made this much very clear: rich people look out for themselves and bully others.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nathan Southern
TV Guide
May 29, 2012
As Shea's film approaches its conclusion, a wonderful and unexpected sense of empathy suddenly materializes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
May 29, 2012
Though overly dependent on a roundelay of talking heads, the film escalates into an ace legal thriller, spinning a web of shame that snags everything from the Austrian government to America's most beloved not-for-profits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
May 18, 2012
Dynamic visuals include details of Schiele's work and extensive archival footage from the era that give the scandal a visceral context.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.3/10
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
May 11, 2012
Suspensefully mounts evidence that the same collectors who basked in the reflected glory of the rising value of Schiele's works set up an elaborate conspiracy.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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