100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
It is a wonder, marked by a sense of wondrous skepticism that has nothing to do with cynicism.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Amir Bar-Lev's engrossing film is as much about the stubborn ambiguities of art, truth, meaning, and relationships as it is about the authenticity of the Olmstead oeuvre.
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88

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Bar-Lev also explores the freakish popular appeal of child prodigies, the family dynamics that come into play when a child's celebrity and earning capacity overshadows the adults', and the remarkably conflicted and contradictory admissions drawn from Brunelli about Marla's work.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Features entertainingly brainy musings from New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman, and comments from child psychologists, friends and Marla collectors.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Everyone involved, from Marla's defensive parents to the cynical journalists who promoted and then turned on her, seems to have some sort of agenda.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

No one emerges unpunished.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
The winner of this year's audience award for best documentary at Sundance has it all: heartless media, art fraud and a four-year-old painting prodigy.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
In the last analysis, I guess it all reduces to taste and instinct. Some paintings are good, says me, or says you, and some are bad. Some paintings could be painted by a child, some couldn't be.
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75

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Documentary gold, and you will have formed an opinion on the controversy by the time you leave the theater. You may not know art, but you'll know what you like.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By James Greenberg
The film and the controversy should generate interest at the boxoffice, but it's more a story about media manipulation and parental responsibility than art.
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74 out of 100
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