Exit Through the Gift Shop

Exit Through the Gift Shop

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Exit Through the Gift Shop

"Flagrantly attention-seeking but famously anonymous, Brit street-artist/prankster Banksy has now put his name to this energetic, headily entertaining item of art-world provocation. The film was supposed to be about him, and ultimately it is, but Banksy turned the camera on Thierry Guetta, the wannabe LA artist who was documenting his activities. Unhappy with Guetta’s footage, he provoked him to go off and create some gonzo art-market capital for himself – with disturbing results. Audiences elsewhere have been indulging in wild speculation about the true nature of Banksy’s participation. Who’s pulling whose strings here? A great time is guaranteed figuring out your own take on the myriad issues at play." (NZ International Film Festival 2010)

2010Rating: M, contains offensive language87 minsUSA, UK
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Utter BRILLIANCE.

I watched this as part of my Philosophy of Art uni course, but I would totally recommend this to anyone interested in art, street art in particular - or, just really quirky filming! :D First of all, it raises honestly interesting Qs about the nature of street art, which is really interesting to think about in itself. And then, of course, the brilliant...

5.0
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GREAT !

Just go see it and judge for yourself. Personnally what I liked best about it can be resume in those words: "The first Street ART DISASTER movie".

5.0
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An unusual film but worth the watch

The film shows with a bit of drive and determination anything is possible. Well done, good laugh. Good insight underworld street art

5.0
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Funny as, great doco.

As Christopher says - Matt Glasby's review says "not funny"?? This is hilarious. Otherwise, as everyone here agrees, this is an intriguing and very fun watch. Something different, and recommended. Plenty to talk about after. Can't believe it's not playing more locations...

5.0
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Brilliant

Not sure I agree with you on the humour quotient. I was in stitches. The straight faced way the beloved Banksy reveals his distaste with Thierry whilst creating the monster he so despises is pure gold. You must see this film

5.0
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Highly recommended

This doco is fantastic... don't read too much about it before going. It's really funny, has some wonderful characters, and brings up a great discussion around art and it's purpose today.

5.0
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Brilliant!

This film is brilliant, hilarious and true, an exciting look into the mastermind behind Bansky and many other street artists. I'd highly recommend it.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

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A raucously entertaining postmodern survey of guerrilla street art that appears to be one thing, only to fold back on itself and examine would-be filmmaker Thierry Guetta instead.

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Total Film

Total Film

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Interviewed in identity-concealing shadow, the appealingly wry Banksy freely admits he’s no film pro. But while stylistically the film’s merely adequate, its French subject is as diverting as a motorway pile-up.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Exit could be a new subgenre: the prankumentary. Audiences, however, would be advised simply to enjoy the film on its face -- even if that face is a carefully contrived mask.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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This teasing faux documentary about Banksy and his fellow street artists is priceless – and hilarious...

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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The widespread speculation that Exit Through the Gift Shop is a hoax only adds to its fascination.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Subversive, provocative and unexpected, Exit Through the Gift Shop delights in taking you by surprise, starting quietly but ending up in a hall of mirrors as unsettling as anything Lewis Carroll's Alice ever experienced.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Hugely entertaining documentary challenges conventional concepts of legitimate art and the creative process.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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A provocative and typically post-Postmodern debut from the artist known as Banksy.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

A raucously entertaining postmodern survey of guerrilla street art that appears to be one thing, only to fold back on itself and examine would-be filmmaker Thierry Guetta instead.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Interviewed in identity-concealing shadow, the appealingly wry Banksy freely admits he’s no film pro. But while stylistically the film’s merely adequate, its French subject is as diverting as a motorway pile-up.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Exit could be a new subgenre: the prankumentary. Audiences, however, would be advised simply to enjoy the film on its face -- even if that face is a carefully contrived mask.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This teasing faux documentary about Banksy and his fellow street artists is priceless – and hilarious...

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The widespread speculation that Exit Through the Gift Shop is a hoax only adds to its fascination.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Subversive, provocative and unexpected, Exit Through the Gift Shop delights in taking you by surprise, starting quietly but ending up in a hall of mirrors as unsettling as anything Lewis Carroll's Alice ever experienced.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Hugely entertaining documentary challenges conventional concepts of legitimate art and the creative process.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A provocative and typically post-Postmodern debut from the artist known as Banksy.

4.0
0

Utter BRILLIANCE.

I watched this as part of my Philosophy of Art uni course, but I would totally recommend this to anyone interested in art, street art in particular - or, just really quirky filming! :D First of all, it raises honestly interesting Qs about the nature of street art, which is really interesting to think about in itself. And then, of course, the brilliant...

5.0
0

GREAT !

Just go see it and judge for yourself. Personnally what I liked best about it can be resume in those words: "The first Street ART DISASTER movie".

5.0
0

An unusual film but worth the watch

The film shows with a bit of drive and determination anything is possible. Well done, good laugh. Good insight underworld street art

5.0
0

Funny as, great doco.

As Christopher says - Matt Glasby's review says "not funny"?? This is hilarious. Otherwise, as everyone here agrees, this is an intriguing and very fun watch. Something different, and recommended. Plenty to talk about after. Can't believe it's not playing more locations...

5.0
0

Brilliant

Not sure I agree with you on the humour quotient. I was in stitches. The straight faced way the beloved Banksy reveals his distaste with Thierry whilst creating the monster he so despises is pure gold. You must see this film

5.0
0

Highly recommended

This doco is fantastic... don't read too much about it before going. It's really funny, has some wonderful characters, and brings up a great discussion around art and it's purpose today.

5.0
0

Brilliant!

This film is brilliant, hilarious and true, an exciting look into the mastermind behind Bansky and many other street artists. I'd highly recommend it.

4.0
0