Local Color
Local Color (2006)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 29, 2006
DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

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.

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Kam Williams
Sly Fox

Forget The Karate Kid, make room for The Painting Protégé!

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John Tottenham
L.A. Weekly

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.

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S. James Snyder
Time Out

The sweeping landscapes look flawless, but missing from Local Color's canvas is any nuance in its human elements.

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Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine

Lacks the quality storytelling and visual beauty needed for all-important critical acclaim and positive word of mouth.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

I suspect Local Color will lose those unfamiliar with the jargon and subtleties of the art world. Skip it.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

Beneath its layers of sentimentality Local Color means what it is says.

Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

Local Color is a sappy brick to the audience's forehead.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Another Independent Film from Monterey. Amin Mueller-Stahl plays his part nothing short of outstanding. This film is about a your art student who wants to study… More
Panta Oz
An amazing heartfelt autobiographical coming-of-age bio- drama written and directed by George Gallo, starring Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ray Liotta and Trevor Morgan… More
Leigh Ryan
Very intellectual film with beautiful artwork. Can be a bit boring in spots but was worth watching.
Daisy Maduro
Local Color was an enjoyable movie to watch. It brought you in to the world of painting and it was interested to see how they can put life on canvas. The… More
Mark Abell
This was a terrific film, based on a true story, concerning an untrained, struggling young artist who finds a mentor to help him understand what painting, and… More