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Portrait of Wally Reviews

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June 14, 2012
This documentary by Andrew Shea fails to provide a clear exposition of the complicated story, and it suffers from apparent partiality.
June 20, 2012
Wally sputters to an unremarkable conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
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
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
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
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
Top Critic
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
June 20, 2012
A painting's provenance matters, and so does this portrait of Portrait of Wally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
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
June 13, 2012
A complex legal controversy is made enthralling and not infrequently shocking.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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.
May 8, 2012
Andrew Shea's documentary is a well-arranged if rather drawn-out parade of talking heads telling Wally's story...
June 13, 2012
Intricate documentary about stolen art is presented as if it were a thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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
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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