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The Painter and the Thief Reviews

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May 22, 2020
An interesting art doc that steals too much of your time....
May 26, 2020
Ree's film pulls us into the lives of characters who live in ways that never totally compute.
May 21, 2020
Twists and turns shape the narrative, but not always to Ree's benefit; he responds by scrambling his film's chronology in ways that threaten to rupture any sense of trust between director and viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 24, 2020
There's something deeply animalistic about such a game, but the flips between her and his perspective humanize them without getting too close.
July 18, 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.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 22, 2020
Like an evocative painting, The Painter and the Thief will remain engraved in your memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 22, 2020
Art, Muses, Humanity and Forgiveness are front and center in the The Painter and TheThief. Director Benjamin Rees exquisitely showcases the artistry of Barbora Kylsilkova and her unique soul mate connection to a thief that has stolen more than art.
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 28, 2020
Frequently blurring the line between artist and subject, The Painter and the Thief is an absorbing work.
May 14, 2020
This remarkable, transformative story, in which the director explores the relationship between the subjects, gets to deeper truths and is a soul-stirring, life-affirming watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
May 20, 2020
This insightful, though uneven, doc makes a rally towards the end when the two subjects come together and get their dreams and careers back on track, sending you away with a stirring and emotional message of hope.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
May 7, 2020
The art theft becomes the background setting as the journey to self-development for the painter and the thief develops into the documentary's prime focus. Fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 29, 2020
Director Benjamin Ree presents an astounding portrait of forgiveness and empathy.
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.
May 22, 2020
It's a gripping unfolding of two broken individuals.
May 19, 2020
This humble documentary proves that truth is stranger than fiction. A spirited watch that will leave you feeling good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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