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Portrait of Wally Reviews

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Asher Klein
Chicago Reader
June 14, 2012
This documentary by Andrew Shea fails to provide a clear exposition of the complicated story, and it suffers from apparent partiality.
Miles Howard
Boston Phoenix
June 20, 2012
Wally sputters to an unremarkable conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
June 28, 2012
The material's not so rich and complex that the documentary doesn't feel padded at 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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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
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
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Sam Adams
AV Club
May 10, 2012
Portrait Of Wally tells a gripping story, but the filmmakers should have been more forthright about their own part in it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
May 6, 2012
The conclusion is a testament to the fact that authentic justice is probably only attainable by accident.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
May 10, 2012
A key chapter in the post-Nazi history of 20th-century art ownership gets an indignant retelling in Andrew Shea's polished talking-head documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
May 8, 2012
Andrew Shea's documentary is a well-arranged if rather drawn-out parade of talking heads telling Wally's story...
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
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
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
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John Anderson
Variety
May 1, 2012
Turning over rocks in and around the New York art world, helmer Andrew Shea finds a lot of ugly stuff while chronicling what amounts to a 60-year hostage drama centered around the Egon Schiele oil painting that gives the film its title.
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