Local Color
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The challenges of growing up are fused with the discipline of art in this coming-of-age drama from writer and director George Gallo. John (Trevor Morgan) is a shy, introverted teenager from Port Chester, NY, who is fascinated with art and would like to become a painter someday -- an ambition that does not please his father (Ray Liotta), who would prefer his son spend his time playing ball and chasing girls. John is a great admirer of Nicholi Seroff, a little-known but well-respected Russian impressionist, and to his surprise he discovers that the great Seroff (Armin Mueller-Stahl) is living in… 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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