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Based on 10 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 70
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Portrait of Wally may be too narrowly focused for some viewers, but offers an engaging narrative and high-profile subject that should attract audiences at fests and in specialized theatrical bookings. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The documentary carrying the same name as Schiele's painting works like a suspense drama and a slippery chronicle of ownership, theft and vaguely unsettling resolution. show more

  • 88
    Chuck Bowen Slant Magazine

    The conclusion is a testament to the fact that authentic justice is probably only attainable by accident. show more

  • 50
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    What's most vexing about Portrait of Wally is its lack of nuance. show more

  • 60
    Eric Hynes Time Out New York

    Though overly dependent on a roundelay of talking heads, the film escalates into an ace legal thriller, spinning a web of shame that snags everything from the Austrian government to America's most beloved not-for-profits. show more

  • 78
    Kimberley Jones Austin Chronicle

    With a saga this sprawling and byzantine, it makes sense that the emphasis is not on Schiele, but rather on what the sorely wronged Bondi never stopped calling "my Schiele." show more

  • 70
    Nick Pinkerton Village Voice

    Shea's documentary is a well-arranged if rather drawn-out parade of talking heads telling Wally's story, including a trenchant and funny Morley Safer, never missing a chance to knock the art world. show more

  • 70
    The New York Times

    The film's single-minded treatment puts property issues over other nuances of the affair, not least the art itself and the artist. A brief postscript about the early deaths of Schiele and his pregnant wife feels uncomfortably like an afterthought. show more

  • 70

    Turning over rocks in and around the New York art world, helmer Andrew Shea finds a lot of ugly stuff while chronicling what amounts to a 60-year hostage drama centered around the Egon Schiele oil painting that gives the film its title. show more

  • 75
    Sam Adams The A.V. Club

    Portrait Of Wally tells a gripping story, but the filmmakers should have been more forthright about their own part in it. show more

  • April 21, 2013 JANET
    Report This User

    Unaware of the Art World as I am, I should still not have been surprised that in any world, when it comes to money, scruples are rare.

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