The Painter and the Thief Reviews

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July 19, 2020
The documentary beautifully tells a story of two people who have formed an unexpectedly intense friendship because of an unlikely connection ... It's also an example of how true friendship can come from unexpected places if someone is open to it.
July 14, 2020
Deftly balances several disparate but not wholly unrelated issues around class, criminality, labor, and ethics, particularly as they relate to the art world.
July 6, 2020
It is an intimate, sensuous study of two vulnerable people and their profound and curious connection; a stranger-than-fiction documentary that feels more like a feature film.
July 5, 2020
Full of surprises that subvert expectations and maybe also subvert those subverted expectations.
July 1, 2020
A tender, small-scale story about human connection and friendship, coming at a time when we're severely lacking those tangible experiences.
June 8, 2020
By researching something that intrigued him, he stumbled onto a story far more interesting than a mere art heist.
June 4, 2020
One leaves The Painter and the Thief feeling eager to see what might happen if we were kinder and less self-interested, and convinced anew of the basic connection between paint and the human heart.
June 4, 2020
It's a movie about how art can change people's lives for better and worse, altering our perspectives of ourselves and the world around us. But it's also about how such work isn't created in a vacuum.
May 31, 2020
Both [Barbora and Karl-Bertil] are open books, and open wounds.
May 29, 2020
Director Benjamin Ree presents an astounding portrait of forgiveness and empathy.
May 29, 2020
The film's title hints at both fairy tale and Bible story, and both elements are present in director Benjamin Ree's compelling portrait of two seemingly different people drawn together through the redemptive power of art.
May 28, 2020
Frequently blurring the line between artist and subject, The Painter and the Thief is an absorbing work.
May 27, 2020
Looks - really looks - at the kind of person that is typically dismissed, and finds a deep friendship and connection. Sadly, it doesn't conclude in a satisfying way.
May 27, 2020
It would be difficult, if not impossible, to write a fictional tale of unlikely compatriots as odd, nuanced and touching as this.
May 26, 2020
A captivating and touching documentary that teaches us the value of empathy and compassion, through the story of an unlikely friendship. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 26, 2020
Ree's film pulls us into the lives of characters who live in ways that never totally compute.
May 25, 2020
A remarkable documentary in many ways. Director Benjamin Ree thought he was going to make a fun true-crime film about a wacky art heist. Instead, he's crafted a moving story of friendship between two very damaged but ultimately compassionate people.
May 24, 2020
The Painter and the Thief is that rare documentary that not only chronicles an exceptional story but does it with a masterful grasp of the craft.
May 24, 2020
It's a strange documentary, where humanism, compassion, perspectives and the unexpected converge in a way that made for a most interesting narrative.
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