Basquiat (1996)

Jeffrey Wright is superb in this biopic as Jean-Michel Basquiat, the artist who rose from homelessness to fame and fortune, only to die of a drug overdose at age 27. Writer-director Julian Schnabel, who is also an artist, vividly re-creates… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 9, 1996
DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

There isn't a boring shot anywhere, and writer-director Schnabel is clearly enjoying himself as he plays with expressionist sound, neo-Eisensteinian edits, and all sorts of other filmic ideas.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The character on the screen (played by Jeffrey Wright)... is nothing more than a surface.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

Pretentious and dull.

Emanuel Levy

Modest effort to illuminate the turbulent life of the New York artist.

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom

Wright is brilliant.

Christopher Null

By the end of Basquiat, there are even fewer answers than when we started.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Schnabel made his film about Basquiat, which carries its own validation. He's also made something of a work of art in its own right.

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Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News

A stylish and interesting look at a moment in New York City's art world where everyone stopped to look at one person, who never seemd to quite fit.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Wright is at his best when interacting with the numerous great actors who lend small parts and cameos to the independent film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Modern artist Jean-Michel Basquiat rises to fame with the help of Andy Warhol. This film bolsters its indie kudos by including cameos from about every actor on… More
Lady D'arbanville
An oddly compelling tale of an Artist, I had no previous knowledge of. The main character was very likeable as and with quite a star cast, this film does have… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
To most people Basquiat was a man who painted and shit. To me, he was just some guy who went to college for a few weeks and learned that its fun to fuck up his… More
Jennifer Xu
Julian Schnabel is, like, REALLY cool, but he doesn't like linear stories, or something. I like his visual renderings of concepts like a lot a lot but… More
Bruce Bruce
Thi s Movie was about Jean Michel Basquiat who was a black artist who became friends with the famous Andy Warhol. Jean died at 27 from a herion overdose, this… More
Sanjaya 丘耀文
A weird directing style, a weak yet unimpressive story, plus watch it from the middle of the movie, make me rate this movie as the worst movie I've ever… More