Exit Through the Gift Shop Reviews

  • An exhilarating hall-of-mirrors look at what happens when global art fame turns anonymous, artists become objects, fans turn into artists, and the whole what's-sincere-and-what's-a-sham spectacle is more fun than art was ever supposed to be.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Exit could be a new subgenre: the prankumentary.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop offers an absorbing glimpse of a bracingly subversive slice of the culture, as well as some tantalizing images of Banksy at work.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • One of the best, most karmically satisfying comedies of the year, much to the chagrin of the people who are in it.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • A genuinely hip, thought-provoking work of art disguised as a doomed documentary resurrected.

    Aaron Hillis — Village Voice

  • Droll, aerosol-thin and ultrameta, a movie about a movie that supposedly was but actually wasn't being made about Banksy by his amiably bonkers Boswell, a compulsive French videographer named Thierry Guetta.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Like Banksy's best street work, it pushes and prods our gullibility buttons and sends the mind swirling with questions of artistic authenticity and intent.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop feels dangerously close to the promotion of a cult -- almost, dare one say it, of a brand.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

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

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The brilliantly untrustworthy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop reminds us that a film can start out in one direction and then change course so radically, it becomes an act of provocation unto itself.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Some have suggested that the whole story, including the emergence of Mr. Brainwash, is an elaborate hoax engineered by Banksy to satirize the commodification of art. If so, it's a brilliant one.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • This initiates a role reversal in which documentarian becomes artist and vice versa.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop, credited as "A Banksy Film," poses some bitingly funny questions about the meaning and value of art. Is it in the eye of the beholder? Is it truth plus beauty? Anything you can get away with? Brainwashing?

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Hoax or not, Exit Through the Gift Shop ends up energizing, aggravating, enjoyable and revealing. Is it art or isn't it? Who knows? Apparently no one.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • The plain fact is that, on some level, it doesn't matter whether the film is true or not. Either way, it's fascinating. Either way, we learn a lot. Either way, it's a great film.

    Richard Nilsen — Arizona Republic

  • 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.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • Banksy makes an appealing narrator with a deft grasp of the questions raised.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • We don't learn that much about Banksy, other than he's a lot more meticulous than his street warrior image would suggest.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • It's a rueful, comic exploration of what happens when artists like Banksy and his friend Shepard Fairey see their own weapons used against them.

    Andrew O'Hehir — Salon.com

  • The film is a curiosity. It's both an attempted documentary of an artistic movement and a bemused examination about why the movie failed in that mission.

    David Germain — Associated Press

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