Basquiat Synopsis
The life and death of N.Y. artist Jean Michel Basquiat (Jeffrey Wright).
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Most movies stress the agony of art (think of Kirk Douglas' Van Gogh in "Lust for Life"). Schnabel's exceptional film honors his friend by...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The New York art world quickly makes Basquiat a star. His work is good (when you see it in the movie, you can feel why people liked it so...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Basquiat is an engrossing spectacle, but by the end, as a zoned-out Basquiat stands regally in a cruising Jeep, we realize that Schnabel...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Well, the movie suffers slightly from that tendency -- the portrait shows definite signs of airbrushing. But it's rendered with enough...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
It's smart and good-hearted and boasts an amazingly good score, but the film is limited by the very private nature of the man it portrays.
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63

TV Guide

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Schnabel at least manages to tell a fairly coherent story. The bad news: It's not a very interesting story, and Schnabel doesn't have the...
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
According to Schnabel, the movie is intended to celebrate the man's life, not to mourn his death, so Basquiat's last days are not shown....
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The movie meanders without a rudimentary sense of the dramatic, yet it remains intermittently interesting thanks to a surprisingly...
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40

Empire

Oddly enough, the film scores with Bowie's spellbinding take on the ageing Warhol. Without this comedic but beautiful performance and an...
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25

San Francisco Examiner

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Schnabel can't decide whether he wants to tell a traditional rise-and-fall morality tale or make an art film. His attempt at telling...
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Rated R | For Drug Use and Strong Language