Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)

In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200, and became best… More

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Release Date: November 9, 2010
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Tamra Davis's documentary does serve as a worthy companion to Julian Schnabel's 1996 biopic.

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Sebastian Smee
Boston Globe

The intimate, home video footage -- which has never been shown -- feels poignant, a throwback to Basquiat's early days on the New York scene when he got by on his good looks, an elusive inner confidence, and the generosity of others.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

What may convince viewers of the quality of the art and the genius of its creator is the barrage of so many paintings, flashing each briefly before the eyes.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

In the end the art must speak for the artist; Davis wisely stands aside and lets the magical images tell their tales.

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Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle

[Davis] underplays the place of drugs in the downtown club scene, treating the artist's heroin use as a nearly unaccountable late affliction.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Basquiat appears to be a slippery subject, not unlike Bob Dylan, who is very difficult to decipher.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

A touching portrait that may not be the last word on the painter, but has facts and context to burn.

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Gale Robinson
Dallas Morning News

While it is wonderful to see so many Basquiat paintings, at the film's end the viewer is left feeling complicit in the exploitation.

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Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

[Director Tamra Davis] uses [a rare] interview as the foundation for an eye-opening look at Basquiat?s meteoric career ? and how art, fame, drugs and media collided in this one young man?s life.

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Walter M.
Up until now, I knew little about Jean-Michel Basquiat, even though I remember the biopic which had been made about his life and have not seen.(That having been… More