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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child Movie Poster
Not Rated In Theaters 07/21/2010 , 88min.
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August 22, 2010
jimni44
I saw this documentary tonight and my comments are more about his so-called art than about the film. To call Jean-Michel Basquiat an artist is laughable. As was brought out in the film, he met Andy Warhol, who was indeed a great artist. Warhol's interest in Jean-Michel was sexual desire more than anything else as Warhol was a homosexual and Jean-Michel was an attractive young man. The film is

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San Francisco Chronicle
People who have seen fellow painter Julian Schnabel's "Basquiat" - with its star-making portrayal by Jeffrey Wright - may reasonably trust its truth as a tribute over Davis' ostensibly more factual exercise. Full Review
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
Davis does the most thorough job of capturing Basquiat, man, artist, and life force. Full Review
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
It doesn't dip much below the surface, but Tamra Davis' biography of her friend Jean-Michel Basquiat, who died in 1988, offers an informative introduction to one of contemporary art's most complex figures. Full Review
Fred Camper
Chicago Reader
In the interview, a charmingly self-effacing Basquiat displays a winning smile; perhaps no one could explain what drove him, or his 1988 death from a heroin overdose at 27, but we do learn of his alienation from his family. Full Review
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
A thoroughly engaging film about an inimitable New York painter. Full Review

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