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The Art of the Steal

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Don Argott

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About the Movie

This art-world whodunit investigates what happened to the Barnes collection of Post-Impressionist paintings—valued in the billions—that fell prey to a power struggle after the death of owner Albert Barnes.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 61
  • Fresh: 52
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A hard-hitting documentary about a high-cultural brawl. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: At times, The Art of the Steal is a bit too shocked by the vulgarity of commerce, but it's memorable when it meditates on the changing face of where we look at art, and how that changes the art itself. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: No matter what side you're on, you're likely to be flabbergasted as The Art of the Steal details the twists and turns of chicanery and fate that brought his art to the pass it's at today. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: The movie's never less than entertaining, but you often feel like arguing with the screen, and not in a good way. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A must see!!!!! A+!

This is an absolute must see for any art lover! It's eye opening! Save the Barnes! Definitely award winning!

Your blood will boil.

It's a shame the money can over power your last will and testament.

If The Godfather was set in the art world...

This film is a fresh, intriguing and infuriating look not just at how a man's art collection is taken away from him, but at the ruthlessness of government agencies and not-for-profit foundations alike. It's beautifully shot (the director is also the cinematographer; he has a GREAT eye) and moves like any good, taut Hollywood thriller. When I first saw "The Art of the Steal" I knew I had to own it. Do yourself a favor and check this film out! It will not disappoint.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2010

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