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Based on 15 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    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. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Davis does the most thorough job of capturing Basquiat, man, artist, and life force. show more

  • 60
    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. show more

  • 80
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    A thoroughly engaging film about an inimitable New York painter. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Talking heads include friends, fellow artists, art dealers and former girlfriends. One contributor is Julian Schnabel, the painter and filmmaker who directed the 1996 biopic "Basquiat." show more

  • 75
    Boston Globe

    Some of the most honest and tender observations come from Basquiat's girlfriend at the time, Suzanne Mallouk. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    I doubt that Jean-Michel Basquiat would have endorsed the subtitle. Indeed, The Radiant Child seems to inflate the very cliché that the rest of this film is keen to refute. show more

  • 80
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    The man himself stares into Davis's lens, both confident and scared; for these moments alone, the movie is key. show more

  • 70
    Ray Greene Boxoffice Magazine

    Using clips from home movies, newsreels and public access TV, Davis does a heroic job of bringing the edgy and diffuse mixed-media New York art scene of the '80s back to life. show more

  • 83
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    This is the first full-length movie about his painting and his being that gets anywhere near close to comprehending both. show more

  • August 22, 2010 jimni44
    Report This User

    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 quite entertaining, but I left the theater wondering how in the world anyone could possibly consider that crap Jean-Michel Basquiat smeared on canvas is in an shape or form art. It looks like something a primative child would paint.

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