Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe
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An outlaw artist whose violent, phantasmagoric, and unapologetically sexual work is both highly controversial and deeply challenging, David Choe rose from notorious street artist and porn-magazine illustrator to prolific painter, muralist, and graphic artist -- but his evolution from underground tagger to art-world darling was just about the farthest thing from a smooth ride imaginable. Los Angeles-based artist Choe lives his life as unrestrained as humanly possible, and while that's a truly unique way to find inspiration, it can make life somewhat difficult at times -- in addition to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"It's not every day that you run into a street artist, petty thief, porn illustrator, lesbian fiction ghost writer, world traveler, graphic novelist, muralist, sex addict and born-again Christian, all rolled into one."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"Although too long by far-it arcs about 20 minutes shorter than the actual end-it's always entertaining, even if it's passing-by-a-car-crash fascinating"
‑ Burl Burlingame, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
"A guerrilla-style artist gets a guerrilla-style portrait in this deliberately provocative but unsatisfactory documentary."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Fans of Choe's work - stylized, vibrant, ornate and vulgar - will appreciate the inside look at the self-described man-child, but his struggles to grow up are more tiresome than compelling."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"A wild biographical ride that adds an unexpected psychological layer to the classic art versus commerce conundrum."
‑ Mark Keizer, Boxoffice Magazine
"Dirty Hands's witnessing of Choe's "from g to gent" journey is delivered in no linear fashion, perfectly matching the artist's creative process and maniac persona in its editing style."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
"If Exit Through the Gift Shop is a witty, subversive satire on the rock star-ification of underground graffiti artists, Dirty Hands is a sober, loving snapshot of one troubled soul within that milieu."
‑ Tim Grierson, L.A. Weekly
"An alternately frightening and exhilarating, guerilla-style documentary showcasing the downs and ups of an amoral thrill-seeker lucky enough to bottom out and find redemption before it was too late to be given a last shot at rehabilitation."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
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