Exit Through The Gift Shop
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Exit Through the Gift Shop marks the feature-film debut of notorious street artist Banksy. The documentary's focus is French-born L.A. thrift-shop owner Thierry Guetta, whose apparent compulsion to videotape every moment of his life led him to document the phenomenon of contemporary street art. Guetta's cousin, a street artist known as Space Invader, allowed the avid cameraman to tape him as he illegally spread his artwork, and Space Invader also introduced him to other street artists, whose work Guetta captured on tape. Eventually, Guetta hooked up with Shepard Fairey, who was best… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The plain fact is that, on some level, it doesn't matter whether the film is true or not. Either way, it's fascinating. Either way, we learn a lot. Either way, it's a great film."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Hoax or not, Exit Through the Gift Shop ends up energizing, aggravating, enjoyable and revealing. Is it art or isn't it? Who knows? Apparently no one."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The characters are as compelling as you will see in anything else. Banksy is his own antihero of the film, and Guetta is fascinating to watch in his obsessive glory."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Just as clever as the work of Sasha Baron Cohen, but not nearly as culturally worthwhile because it is not nearly as politically candid."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Energetic, exciting, entertaining, and at times illegal, Exit Through The Gift Shop is a wicked treat."
‑ Drew McWeeny, HitFix
"A provocative and absorbing exploration of what constitutes art, the creative process and the power of hype to triumph over talent."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Put-on, satire, mockumentary, goof? Whatever it is, "Exit Through the Gift Shop" is an original."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Banksy exposes the con-job that is modern art for what it is."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"An irritatingly misguided and pointless piece of work..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Those tricky questions that lie in the chasm between art and commerce are raised naturally through the progression of the narrative, whether that narrative is partially fabricated or not."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"As the documentary morphs into a riddle about art in the marketplace, the eyes of the beholder get crossed, and the dizziness is part of the fun."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Like Banksy's best street work, it pushes and prods our gullibility buttons and sends the mind swirling with questions of artistic authenticity and intent."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Whatever your view of Britain's most famous street artist, prepare to be teased, provoked and possibly enraged by the release of his first movie."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Too ironic by half, this film is hobbled most of all by principal Thierry Guetta, that I find insufferably banal. As a satire on a market-driven art world, it is fairly toothless. Why it has garnered rave reviews is the biggest puzzle of all."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Curious docu about street artists with some strong language."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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