Alice Neel
Alice Neel (2007)

Portrait painter Alice Neel (1900-1984) was a self-described collector of souls who recorded her sitters on canvas through six decades of the 20th century, among them Andy Warhol, Bella Abzug, Allen Ginsberg and Annie Sprinkle. Neel always… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 11, 2009
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

The finely crafted Alice Neel is at once tribute, investigative journalism and messy family drama.

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Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle

So many people speak onscreen, from so many folds of Neel's life, that, despite captions, the viewer feels taxed to keep straight their identities and relationships to Neel.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Directed with great feeling and in a nonjudgmental way.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

There is a great deal more to Alice's story: the avant-garde of the 1920s; the government's support of artists during the Great Depression; the feminist movement of the 1970s, during which she became an icon. This rich film captures it all.

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Cate McQuaid
Boston Globe

For all the juicy storytelling, Alice Neel remains, in this film, a cipher: brash, grandmotherly, and beyond understanding.

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Andrew Pulver
Guardian

There's much pungent detail on offer here, chronicling Neel's unorthodox lifestyle in Cuba and Spanish Harlem, and the struggles she had in an era when abstract painting was triumphant; all of which is given a little more edge than you might expect.

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Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com

If the artist is an elusive target, the art is as sharp as a razor blade. The portraits are extraordinary.

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Mark Holcomb
Time Out

The effect is spirited rather than incriminating and, bolstered by Jonah Rapino's contemplative score, as piercingly detailed as one of Alice's mesmerizing portraits.

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Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

This documentary by the artist's grandson Andrew Neel, delves into the life and imagination of Alice Neel, the defiant pioneering, cutting edge, raunchy and prolific late artist.

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William Dunmyer
[font=Trebuchet MS][size=3]Alice Neel is one of the best films of the year, and surely will be a top contender for the Best Documentary Oscar.[/size][/font]… More