88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The documentary carrying the same name as Schiele's painting works like a suspense drama and a slippery chronicle of ownership, theft and vaguely unsettling resolution.
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88

Slant Magazine

By Chuck Bowen
The conclusion is a testament to the fact that authentic justice is probably only attainable by accident.
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Kimberley Jones
With a saga this sprawling and byzantine, it makes sense that the emphasis is not on Schiele, but rather on what the sorely wronged Bondi never stopped calling "my Schiele."
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75

The A.V. Club

By Sam Adams
Portrait Of Wally tells a gripping story, but the filmmakers should have been more forthright about their own part in it.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Portrait of Wally may be too narrowly focused for some viewers, but offers an engaging narrative and high-profile subject that should attract audiences at fests and in specialized theatrical bookings.
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70

The New York Times

The film's single-minded treatment puts property issues over other nuances of the affair, not least the art itself and the artist. A brief postscript about the early deaths of Schiele and his pregnant wife feels uncomfortably like an afterthought.
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70

Variety

Turning over rocks in and around the New York art world, helmer Andrew Shea finds a lot of ugly stuff while chronicling what amounts to a 60-year hostage drama centered around the Egon Schiele oil painting that gives the film its title.
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70

Village Voice

By Nick Pinkerton
Shea's documentary is a well-arranged if rather drawn-out parade of talking heads telling Wally's story, including a trenchant and funny Morley Safer, never missing a chance to knock the art world.
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60

Time Out New York

By Eric Hynes
Though overly dependent on a roundelay of talking heads, the film escalates into an ace legal thriller, spinning a web of shame that snags everything from the Austrian government to America's most beloved not-for-profits.
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50

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
What's most vexing about Portrait of Wally is its lack of nuance.
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70 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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