91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The film is sketchy as biography, but it proves an aging artist can still crackle with the electricity of youth.
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80

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
You will see the man toiling and revising - killing off half-good ideas, struggling for clarity - and it's a routine well worth demystifying.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
It is the achievement of Gerhard Richter Painting to shine a light on that hidden, private act as few other films have done.
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80

Village Voice

Gerhard Richter Painting artfully and convincingly immerses us into the world of one of the greatest, painting.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Mostly the movie is about process and perspective. Through the documentary lens, Richter's enigmatic paintings speak to us.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Delivers on the promise of its title. It shows us the world's most famous living painter, who turned 80 in February, at work with greater intimacy than any other film portrait of a contemporary artist provides.
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75

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
The man we meet is intelligent and good-humored. "They do what they want," he says with a shrug, indicating a set of just-completed canvases. "I planned something different."
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70

The New York Times

By Rachel Saltz
Gerhard Richter may not fling paint at the canvas, Jackson Pollock-style, but as Corinna Belz shows in her documentary Gerhard Richter Painting, he can be his own kind of action painter.
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67

The Playlist

By Kevin Jagernauth
As a look behind the curtain at one of the contemporary art world's biggest names, 'Painting' succeeds as far providing a snapshot of who he is in the very immediate moment. For anyone looking for anything more about Richter, his craft or his insights, 'Painting' will prove to be a half-finished canvas.
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63

Slant Magazine

The end results are mixed but nevertheless scintillating and provocative enough to be worth taking seriously.
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77 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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