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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"Argott beautifully explicates how this crew pulled off the most daring daylight art theft in history, though his passionate identification with the pro-Barnes faction limits the movie's political nuance."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"It's impossible not to be moved by the almost eerie film footage of the walls of the Barnes' original home with the art removed, revealing bare hooks and patches of unfaded paint: ghosts, doomed to wander."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"[Don] Argott has made a worthwhile contribution to a controversy that deserves an audience."
‑ David Zuckerman, Film Comment Magazine
"The Art of the Steal paints only in black and white."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Don Argott's new documentary makes some of the most outlandish conspiracy theories seem strangely believable."
‑ Dan Lybarger, eFilmCritic.com
"The film's good versus bad scenario is, while understandable, too simplistic."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A blunt, persuasive documentary."
‑ Kyle MacMillan, Denver Post
"A fascinating good guy vs. bad guy art film about the big business of culture, that puts it on the same footing as big corporations."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A tragic, true tale exposing America's ugly, two-tiered system of justice defined by the color line."
‑ Kam Williams, Sly Fox
"...A highly partisan and energetic documentary"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The Art of the Steal ultimately gets mired in the legal weeds, a snare made all the more frustrating by the fact that the move is a fait accompli."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"I found it fascinating for a number of reasons, balanced reporting not among them."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"No matter what side you end up taking, you still might be tempted to call your lawyer to go over your will just one more time."
‑ Alison Gang, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Its lack of objectivity doesn't hurt the film as a piece of entertainment, although it does seem to weaken its own argument a little."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"A terrifically convoluted yarn with dozens of major players."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
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