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The Painter and the Thief Reviews

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.
May 22, 2020
[A] strange, delicately made film, which manages to defy expectations about both of its subjects and the power balance between them.
May 22, 2020
It's a knockout.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 22, 2020
[T]here are moments so intimate and unguarded that you may briefly dissociate and question what you're watching - a documentary, or its carefully scripted and acted narrative counterpart.
May 22, 2020
The concept of being seen through someone else's eyes drives the best parts of The Painter and the Thief, a documentary that illuminates a great deal about the human condition even if it does kind of fizzle out in the third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 22, 2020
Ask not-or not only-what the painter does for the thief. Ask what the thief might be doing for the painter.
May 21, 2020
The beauty of the film lies in the bond she forges with one of the thieves... The relationship between Barbora and Bertil, as she calls him, grows on camera from improbable friendship to spiritual love.
May 21, 2020
Through twists and turns, The Painter and the Thief depicts not just the two-way transactional relationship between artist and subject, but the shared pain and mutual rehabilitation that can inspire and surround art making.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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-
May 21, 2020
So compelling is "The Painter and the Thief" - and ultimately so powerfully moving in its faith in human resilience - that you may not notice the illuminating ways in which Ree plays with form and viewpoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 21, 2020
A story of deeply human connection between two souls that actually see each other, and the healing power wrapped up in that sense of visibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 21, 2020
Maybe trust is overrated, because The Painter and the Thief is a fascinating, perplexing, occasionally annoying but always involving chronicle of a truly crazy relationship.
May 21, 2020
The friendship may initially seem preposterous, but the more time you spend with the pair, the clearer their mutual attraction becomes.
May 19, 2020
Instead, director Benjamin Ree's film is more a mesmerizing, and potentially transgressive, investigation into just how far the documentary form can be torn apart and put back together - and whether the audience should accept such a wild reconfiguration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 19, 2020
For the most part, "The Painter and the Thief" seems authentic, a very real portrait of two unique individuals. It not only explores the artistic impulse, but also issues of relationships, addiction and rehab.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 27, 2020
[A] nuanced and beguiling new documentary about the various things we all take from each other.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 25, 2020
Clearly and powerfully connects the painter with her muse in an arresting and unusual way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 24, 2020
A documentary that looks at everyday humanity as a work of art.
January 24, 2020
An engrossing Norwegian documentary born of the unlikely but resilient bond between a young female artist and a career criminal who stole two of her large canvases.
January 24, 2020
A stranger-than-fiction friendship story in which vérité techniques produce unbelievable results.