Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe
Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe (2010)

An outlaw artist whose violent, phantasmagoric, and unapologetically sexual work is both highly controversial and deeply challenging, David Choe rose from notorious street artist and porn-magazine illustrator to prolific painter, muralist,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 30, 2010
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

It's not every day that you run into a street artist, petty thief, porn illustrator, lesbian fiction ghost writer, world traveler, graphic novelist, muralist, sex addict and born-again Christian, all rolled into one.

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Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Although too long by far-it arcs about 20 minutes shorter than the actual end-it's always entertaining, even if it's passing-by-a-car-crash fascinating

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

A guerrilla-style artist gets a guerrilla-style portrait in this deliberately provocative but unsatisfactory documentary.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

Fans of Choe's work - stylized, vibrant, ornate and vulgar - will appreciate the inside look at the self-described man-child, but his struggles to grow up are more tiresome than compelling.

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Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine

A wild biographical ride that adds an unexpected psychological layer to the classic art versus commerce conundrum.

Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine

Dirty Hands's witnessing of Choe's "from g to gent" journey is delivered in no linear fashion, perfectly matching the artist's creative process and maniac persona in its editing style.

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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly

If Exit Through the Gift Shop is a witty, subversive satire on the rock star-ification of underground graffiti artists, Dirty Hands is a sober, loving snapshot of one troubled soul within that milieu.

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Kam Williams

An alternately frightening and exhilarating, guerilla-style documentary showcasing the downs and ups of an amoral thrill-seeker lucky enough to bottom out and find redemption before it was too late to be given a last shot at rehabilitation.

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