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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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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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...
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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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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
May 1, 2012
Involving account of legal wrangling over a stolen Egon Schiele painting.