The Art Of The Steal
The Art Of The Steal (2010)

Follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes' 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post- impressionist art.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 26, 2010
DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Deeply esoteric and unapologetically one-sided, The Art of the Steal proves a documentary doesn't have to make an objective argument as long as it argues well.

Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader

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.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

David Zuckerman
Film Comment Magazine

[Don] Argott has made a worthwhile contribution to a controversy that deserves an audience.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The film's good versus bad scenario is, while understandable, too simplistic.

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Kyle MacMillan
Denver Post

A blunt, persuasive documentary.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

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.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

I found it fascinating for a number of reasons, balanced reporting not among them.

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Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Well done and very informative documentary about the Barnes Foundation. The filmmakers are one-sided in their approach and seem blind to the hypocrisy of their… More
Jeff Talbott
Wicked documentary that traces a beurocratic takeover of an artistic institution with enough twists and turns to maks SHUTTER ISLAND look like ROMPER ROOM (not… More
Greg S
Documentary on the political infighting in the struggle to control the Barnes Foundation, a charitable trust that owns post-Impressionist masterpieces worth… More
Jeffrey Meyers
Compelling, informative, tragic, and undeniably entertaining (often unintentionally), Art of The Steal is an excellent documentary. The film examines the Barnes… More
Walter M.
"The Art of the Steal" is a documentary about the history of the Barnes Foundation, a philanthropic and educational institution created by Dr. Arthur… More
John Ballantine
A perfect example of an overly biased documentary. Although he decision to move the Barnes collection was against the wishes of Barnes, the appreciation of the… More