91

The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
So what happens when people forget about all those people he stalked and snapped? Will his collection still be seen as an invaluable store of late 20th-century art, or the work of a celeb-obsessed hoarder?
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80

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
Highly entertaining and skillful documentary.
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80

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
Fittingly, there is something both thrilling and deeply unpleasant about looking at Galella's body of work -- there is casual genius in some of the captured moments, a combination of access, timing, and luck, with the subject almost always carrying most of the image's weight.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Filmmaker Leon Gast ("When We Were Kings") paints an entertaining portrait of the still-working 79-year-old photographer.
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70

Village Voice

Gast's documentary portrait has a freewheeling charm that perfectly matches its subject.
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70

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
This entertaining docu by "When We Were Kings'?" Leon Gast is more eccentric personality portrait than the in-depth scrutiny of celebrity-culture madness afforded by fellow Sundance preem "Teenage Paparazzo."
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There's no denying that paparazzo Ron Galella is a New York character. What's at issue in Leon Gast's entertaining documentary is whether he's an artist or a creep.
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60

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
In Smash His Camera Mr. Galella emerges as a kindred soul for the curious documentarian and as a large, complicated personality in his own right, not entirely likable but admirable for his persistence and the quickness of his index finger.
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50

Boxoffice Magazine

By John P. McCarthy
Leon Gast's profile of the photographer is not devoid of entertainment value or unhelpful in understanding the history of photojournalism, however, the movie is as ephemeral as one of Galella's snapshots of a coked out, B-list celeb exiting Studio 54 circa 1975.
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40

Time Out New York

Galella's real crime goes conspicuously unmentioned: feeding the cult of celebrity while stoking a public appetite for empty gossip as news.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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