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Exit Through the Gift Shop Review

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  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    An exhilarating hall-of-mirrors look at what happens when global art fame turns anonymous, artists become objects, fans turn into artists, and the whole what's-sincere-and-what's-a-sham spectacle is more fun than art was ever supposed to be.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This faux-documentary is droll, aerosol-thin and ultrameta.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The widespread speculation that Exit Through the Gift Shop is a hoax only adds to its fascination.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The brilliantly untrustworthy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop reminds us that a film can start out in one direction and then change course so radically, it becomes an act of provocation unto itself.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Hugely entertaining documentary challenges conventional concepts of legitimate art and the creative process.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Curious docu about street artists has some strong language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this fascinating documentary features street artists whom some may label as subversive; their work is incredible and dynamic, but some consider them vandals. Also, questions have been raised about the veracity of the film's lead subject, though that actually heightens the interest in watching it. Expect some swearing ("f--k" and "s--t") and an examination of a type of art that purposefully crosses a line -- a point that might intrigue some teens.

  • Families can talk about street art: What makes it so compelling? What do the artists get out of creating it? What do viewers get?
  • Is graffiti vandalism or art?
  • What about the documentary filmmaker, Thierry, whose work is central to the film? What kind of artist is he?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Art is what you perceive it to be, and making it is an achievement in itself.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: The artists featured come across as fearless and far from complacent, though they're technically breaking the law.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Some scenes show cops arresting street artists.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false4

    Language: Some swearing, primarily “s--t” and “f--k.”

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: No overt brand names, though some of the artists featured in the film have collectible works of art.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A lead character smokes cigarettes.