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Glenn Dunks
September 15, 2013
Smash His Camera is a treasure trove for old Hollywood obsessives.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
September 14, 2010
Ultimately, Galella's work is more interesting than the man behind the camera.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
August 2, 2010
An entertaining and thought provoking film with more celebrity pictures, and interviews, than you can shake a stick at.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
David Noh
Film Journal International
July 30, 2010
A paparazzo's life, replete with flashbulbs and sucker punches, says much about the nature of celebrity and our fascination with it.
Brian Orndorf
July 30, 2010
It's an irresistible, illuminating documentary on a subject once thought glamorous, but now often resembles madness.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nora Lee Mandel
July 30, 2010
[T]houghtful and entertaining look at the changes in our celebrity-obsessed culture over the past 40 years as seen through a ubiquitous lens and controversial career.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 30, 2010
Mr. Galella emerges as a kindred soul for the curious documentarian and as a large, complicated personality in his own right.
| Original Score: 3/5
Paul Schrodt
Slant Magazine
July 30, 2010
The film refuses to pass judgment on the controversial photog, letting him do his own thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Bailey
July 30, 2010
The guy can spin a yarn. He's quite a character -- ballsy, funny, cheerily obtuse.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 30, 2010
The notorious tabloid photographer finally gets his due.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
July 29, 2010
Aside from some overly jaunty soundtrack music, Smash His Camera assembles Galella's anecdotes smartly, and supports them well visually.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michelle Orange
July 29, 2010
There is casual genius in some of the captured moments, a combination of access, timing, and luck, with the subject almost always carrying most of the image's weight.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 29, 2010
A robust and snappy documentary about Ron Galella, the controversial photographer of America's superstars and celebrities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
July 27, 2010
Leon Gast's documentary portrait has a freewheeling charm that perfectly matches its subject.
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Dennis Harvey
July 6, 2010
[An] entertaining docu by When We Were Kings' Leon Gast.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
July 6, 2010
Gast's presentation is super-slick and surprisingly dynamic for a film concerned with still images.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jennifer Merin
June 4, 2010
As king of the paparazzi, Ron Galella has been slugged by Marlon Brando, sued by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and slurred by other photographers. Now, filmmaker Leon Gast turns his camera on Galella, and the result is fascinating and full of surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
August 27, 2010
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Barsanti
July 30, 2010
[Leon] Gast seems to have waded into this subject without much of a road map, and left it to [Ron] Galella to show him the way
| Original Score: 2/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 29, 2010
Whether on Fifth Avenue or in a Grand Ballroom or schmoozing with film crews for information, Galella is , oblivious to the feelings and havoc around him.
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