Local Color
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A successful artist looks back with loving memories on the summer of his defining year, 1974. He befriends an elderly alcoholic genius painter who has turned his back not only on art, but on life. The two form what appears to be a tenuous relationship at first, between a student and master. The student wants to learn all the secrets the master has locked away inside his head and heart. But, time has not been kind to the old master and his life and work have lost their meaning. Over the course of the summer the student's enthusiasm and innocence rekindles the master's artistic passion.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Kriter-director George Gallo has given the stocky, ever-commanding Mueller-Stahl a heroic, bravura role and has been rewarded by the actor with a towering, complex portrayal that is surely among his finest."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Obviously a passio project for Gallo but he is never really able to translate that importance to the audience. We never really care or connect with these characters."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"Forget The Karate Kid, make room for The Painting Protégé!"
‑ Kam Williams, Sly Fox
"Exploring the nurturing and development of artists, this film is more about the performances of Mueller-Stahl and Morgan than anything."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"For a purportedly autobiographical work, the events of this labor of love from director George Gallo, fit seamlessly into the fabric of the standard coming-of-age movie."
‑ John Tottenham, L.A. Weekly
"The sweeping landscapes look flawless, but missing from Local Color's canvas is any nuance in its human elements."
‑ S. James Snyder, Time Out New York
"Lacks the quality storytelling and visual beauty needed for all-important critical acclaim and positive word of mouth."
‑ Steve Ramos, Boxoffice Magazine
"Local Color is a sensitive portrayal of a young painter trying to sharpen his gifts and it's also a deeply flawed piece of filmmaking. It's a movie that will have you loving and loathing the world of art, often in the same instant."
‑ Brian Orndorf, eFilmCritic.com
"I suspect Local Color will lose those unfamiliar with the jargon and subtleties of the art world. Skip it."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"Beneath its layers of sentimentality Local Color means what it is says."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Local Color is a sappy brick to the audience's forehead."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
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