My Kid Could Paint That
My Kid Could Paint That (2007)

A four-year-old girl, whose paintings are compared to Kandinsky, Pollock and even Picasso, has sold $300,000 dollars worth of paintings. Is she a genius of abstract expressionism, a tiny charlatan or an exploited child whose parents have… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 5, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Amir Bar-Lev grapples with exposing the authenticity of four-year-old Marla's paintings at the sake of burdening her publicly shamed family to transfixing results.

Mark Bourne

New York Times senior art critic Michael Kimmelman offers sharp insights when he mentions how Marla's painting reflects not just 'innocence' and what our psyches project into them, but also 'the cynicism of the art world.'

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

More than a standard child prodigy profile, My Kid Could Paint That turns into a priceless examination of modern art, celebrity and what it means to be a kid.

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Jennifer Merin

Questions of authenticity surrounding four year old Marla Olmstead's paintings occasion filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev's insightful investigation about media frenzy and public perception, and the very nature of nonfigurative art.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

A fascinating exploration of art, creativity, and family dynamics that takes an unexpected right hook.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The self-reflexive narrative is particularly fascinating because Marla's story is so critical to selling her art; everyone involved, the filmmaker included, has a vested interest in proving it genuine or fake.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

One of art's richest rewards is its way of teaching us about our assumptions, doubts, and capacity for faith. ... My Kid Could Paint That gets people thinking and talking.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

My Kid Could Paint That is documentary gold, and you will have formed an opinion on the controversy by the time you leave the theater. You may not know art, but you'll know what you like.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

It's a thought-provoking look at the world of abstract art, the relationship between a reporter and his/her subject, and the nature of parenting, prodigies, and "objective" storytelling.

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Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

Marla's story is a sobering illustration of the way children can be exploited by adults who should know better %u2013 journalists, filmmakers and especially their own parents.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
Amir Bar-Lev pilots a frank and bare bones documentary that lightly critiques society's willful or unintentional manipulation of gifted children, the… More
Jason Spencer
Really good. There is a shift half way though the movie as the scandal breaks and the film maker needs to shift focus to what might be going on underneath it… More
Jim Hunter
A four-year-old shakes the art world with her abstract expressionist paintings, but questions surface about her authorship. Before I saw this film, I only knew… More
_kelly .King
This is an interesting documentary which raises some larger issues about the art world (second doc in a row I've watched about "art world"… More
Nani Vang
The parents tried to PROVE that they kid does its own drawnings...and even set up cameras, but you can see them showing her to paint here, paint there...I think… More
Gordon Anderson
Interesting topic, let down by an uneven documentary.