Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?

2006

Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?

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When Teri Horton, a 73 year-old former long-haul truck driver with an eighth grade education, bought a painting in a thrift shop for five dollars, she didn't know that it would pit her against the highest and mightiest people in the art world and perhaps change forever the way art is authenticated.

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Critic Reviews for Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

  • Fascinatingly ambiguous tale and bizarre cast of characters make it one of the more entertaining documentaries in recent memory.

    Nov 27, 2006
  • The movie is an entertaining stroll through a colorful gallery of characters including, in villain mode, former Metropolitan Museum of Art director Thomas Hoving.

    Nov 17, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • By the time it's over, you'll be inspired to scour your own attic for undiscovered treasures.

    Nov 17, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • For the film, the verdict is beside the point. Moses uses the plucky Horton's battle to make an oblique argument about class, and his target is the art-world Goliath.

    Nov 16, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ariella Budick

    Newsday
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  • [A] beguiling documentary detective story.

    Nov 15, 2006 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Harry Moses' entertaining documentary portrays the debate between connoisseurship and science as a culture war.

    Nov 15, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?

  • May 17, 2011
    I like visual art and documentaries, so I loved it. I don't think you have to like either to like this film though. The main character is an interesting woman, and the attitudes of some of the naysayers are hard to believe.
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2011
    Liked this. It's a decent little documentary about the American art world and Jackson Pollock - not to mention a woman who is too stupid to accept 9 million for a painting she's told is a fake by experts. No sympathy.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2010
    Intriguing doc on hidden treasures.
    Wu C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2010
    Teri Horton is a mother, grandmother and retired truck driver who becomes the center of a heated debate after she buys what a local art teacher suggests may be a genuine Pollock. She buys the painting for five dollars (a price she haggled down from eight dollars,)at a local thrift store. The painting is for a friend that has been feeling down. If you were to only know this about Teri then you'd know enough. She is strong, blunt and kind-hearted. That is exactly what director Harry Moses does, he captures her spirit as she becomes the center of a film about the art world. Teri is painted as a heroine, albeit a foul-mouthed, dumpster diving heroine. The art world (museum directors, art gallery owners, art lawyers,) become the shadow that looms, eager to crush those who would dare enter their realm. Is Teri up to the challenge of facing off against such well-funded viciousness? Her journey, which unravels over a decade, is a fascinating one. Will the painting be proven to be an original Jackson Pollack? Teri's quest to determine this reveals much about the art world and much more about the strength of a woman. A woman who refuses to be brushed aside, a woman who has worked hard for everything has with great pride. What is art? Who is it for? Who determines its worth? These and many other questions are asked of us as we watch this quirky, intelligent, affectionate film.
    Laura C Super Reviewer

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