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The Universe of Keith Haring Reviews

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February 27, 2009
Disappointingly pedestrian take on Keith Haring's radical art.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
October 24, 2008
It's hard to say Clausen's done anything original here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
October 18, 2008
Warmly affectionate yet curiously hollow.
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 18, 2008
Although first-time director Christina Clausen presents this era of bad art, bad music and boring celebrities without judging it, we can't help but feel we are witnessing the last party in the mansion of pop art before its imminent collapse.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle
September 12, 2008
In its filmic conventionality and reliance on driving musical soundtrack, The Universe of Keith Haring actually makes too little of his gift for thinking out loud in images.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 24, 2008
As directed by Rome-based Christina Clausen, the film is loving but shallow. We learn a lot about minor details of Haring's life (his dad helped him deliver newspapers in Kutztown) but little about what makes his art so popular.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
November 7, 2008
...digs under the artist's pop veneer and goes all the way to the surface, finding some kind of meaning in simplicity.
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Sebastian Smee
Boston Globe
October 18, 2008
Ataut collage of contemporary and archival footage with frank, open-hearted interviews.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Aaron Cutler
Slant Magazine
October 23, 2008
The Universe of Keith Haring is content to slide on hagiography and shortchange cultural critique.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 24, 2008
Utilizing copious film footage of her puckish subject and new interviews with Haring's contemporaries, gallerists and mentors, director Christina Clausen makes her fascinating movie as big-hearted, city-centric and energetic as its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
February 27, 2009
If this really is the universe of Keith Haring, it's a strangely sterile one. Which is never a word you could apply to his work.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Brian Miller
Village Voice
October 22, 2008
Equally a portrait of the artist and a portrait of a decade, this celebratory documentary makes the short, accelerated life of Keith Haring (1958-1990) inseparable from that short, accelerated period we know as '80s New York.
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
October 24, 2008
Keith Haring was not a great artist. He might not even have been a very good one. But he was the right person in the right place at the right time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
February 27, 2009
The archive footage reveals a deadpan sense of humour and a surreal and marvellous indifference to the ghastly trappings of fame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
February 27, 2009
An entertaining and informative documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
September 19, 2008
An affectionate and absorbing look at the premiere artist of the '80s downtown New York art scene, whose images quickly penetrated popular culture around the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
October 27, 2008
Christina Clausen's documentary is a briskly paced, affectionate tribute which makes full use of interviews with Haring intimates (although I could have done without that introductory artsy zeroing in on the interviewees' eyeballs).
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 31, 2008
It is the passion and commitment we see in the artist himself that makes the most lasting impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Times (UK)
February 27, 2009
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