MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 558 this week

Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

8.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 38,848 users   Metascore: 85/100
Reviews: 96 user | 217 critic | 27 from Metacritic.com

The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

with Prime Instant Video + 1 more

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 41 titles
created 09 Jan 2011
 
a list of 34 titles
created 22 Nov 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 19 Jul 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 31 Jul 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) on IMDb 8.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Exit Through the Gift Shop.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 22 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Antics Roadshow (TV Movie 2011)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A look at famous pranks and acts of activism which have become iconic.

Directors: Banksy, Jaimie D'Cruz
Stars: Kathy Burke, Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno
Religulous (2008)
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion.

Director: Larry Charles
Stars: Bill Maher, Tal Bachman, Jonathan Boulden
Super Size Me (2004)
Documentary | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month.

Director: Morgan Spurlock
Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker
Man on Wire (2008)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century."

Director: James Marsh
Stars: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement.

Director: Morgan Spurlock
Stars: J.J. Abrams, Peter Berg, Paul Brennan
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore
Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson
Super High Me (2007)
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Stand up comedian and marijuana user Doug Benson documents thirty days of pot free living and thirty days of non-stop use to compare the effects of both.

Director: Michael Blieden
Stars: Brian Unger, Gary Cohan, Robert Gore
Food, Inc. (2008)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner
Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Director: Kirby Dick
Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky
Documentary | Biography | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Diehard video game fans compete to break World Records on classic arcade games.

Director: Seth Gordon
Stars: Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell, Mark Alpiger
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Directors: Mr. Brainwash, Joachim Levy
Stars: Banksy, Dov Charney, Shepard Fairey
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

The Woodstock of Street Art in a 5-Story Museum outfitted in the Warhol-Faux creations of Thierry Guetta, AKA Mr. Brainwash.

Director: Joseph Garcia Quinn
Stars: Mr. Brainwash, Ron English, Bob Marley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Himself
...
Himself (as Thierry Guetta aka Mister Brainwash)
Debora Guetta ...
Herself
Space Invader ...
Himself
Monsieur André ...
Himself
Zeus ...
Himself
...
Himself
Ron English ...
Himself
Caledonia Curry ...
Herself (as Swoon)
Borf ...
Himself
Buffmonster ...
Himself
Steve Lazarides ...
Himself
Wendy Asher ...
Herself
Roger Gastman ...
Himself
Laurent Nahoum-Vatinet ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work. Written by Sundance Film Festival

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The world's first Street Art disaster movie. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

5 March 2010 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Banksy - Exit Through the Gift Shop  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$170,756 (USA) (16 April 2010)

Gross:

$3,290,582 (USA) (29 October 2010)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film's editors had to sit through over 10,000 hours of Mr. Brainwash's tapes just to get a few minutes' worth of usable footage. See more »

Quotes

Thierry Guetta: [talking about meeting Banksy for the first time] It was magic that this person let me film, you know? I felt like I had the piece that will finish the puzzle. It was like getting something in the daylight that... what you see in the nightlight. He was even more than I expected; he was, like, just incredible; he was cool, he was... he was human, he was... he was... he was... he is, you know, he's really like a... what he represents, you know? He's really like a... I think he's really like a... I...
See more »

Crazy Credits

At the end says "No elephants were harmed during the making of this movie" referring to Banksy's US expo. See more »

Connections

References The Shining (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Gadje Sirba
Performed by A Hawk and A Hacksaw
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Banksy's humour is as sharp as ever - but just who is the target?
14 April 2010 | by (Bristol, England) – See all my reviews

It took me a while to get a chance to see this film: anybody who was around Bristol last summer for Banksy's 'Homecoming' exhibition will be aware of the popularity of the city's most celebrated son, and therefore I shouldn't have been surprised that when the first three times I tried to see the film the cinema was sold out. However, I got there in the end.

In my admittedly naïve opinion, street art is one of the most significant art movement of the 21st century. Its attraction lies in the fact that it is one of the most democratic forms of visual art – there is a conscious rejection of the safety net of critical censorship or gallery authority. Instead, the public are engaged with artists' work throughout the course of their daily lives, and it is up to them to conclude which side of the line this kind of work treads – is it graffiti, a public menace and an eyesore, or is it a work of art that has a right to be displayed wherever the artist chooses? I'm rambling. However, I wanted to establish my feelings towards street art as a whole before engaging with Banksy's satirical and humorous representation of it within Exit Through the Gift Shop.

To the film…

Banksy's first foray into film-making drags his unique sweet and sour mix of humour and political satire kicking and screaming onto the silver screen. Anyone hoping for a revelation of his true identity is to be disappointed – the film opens with a blacked-out figure of a man in a hood, and whilst the Bristol accent defies the voice alteration, it's clear that this film is not designed to be a personal unmasking. Rather, Banksy's humour has a very different kind of revelation in mind.

The true hero (or perhaps anti-hero would be a better description) is the curiously care-free French shop-keeper/amateur filmmaker, whose interest in graffiti artists is borne out of a chance confrontation with the artist known as 'Space Invader'. The film follows Guetta's attempts to capture his encounters with various street artists, including the notorious Banksy, on camera, and in the process Banksy encourages Guetta to create a documentary out of the ridiculous amount of film that he has amassed over several years of his life.

Unfortunately, Guetta, although a handy cameraman, is quite clearly not a filmmaker. Part of Banksy's skill in creating this film is that it makes us ask just who is the director in this haphazard process. One of the frequently-quoted lines of the film comes from Banksy himself, saying "it's basically the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed." The character of Guetta that we see on screen is simply ridiculous, and yet we are attracted by his attitude of naivety. He is a hugely entertaining personality, and even more so because he appears to take himself so seriously. Even Banksy cannot quite know what to make of him. Is he a disguised genius, or a fool who got lucky? Either way, Banksy's portrayal of the way in which Guetta engages with the art world breathes new life into that clichéd question of what actually gives art both aesthetic and financial value. With the help of Rhys Ifans' superbly wry narration, the film conducts us through the emergence of the street art counterculture, and how perceptions of it have changed within the political, artistic and social establishment.

There are so many things that could be said about this film, but it is dangerous to say more without ruining the sense of the unexpected that the film generates. That is a tribute to the intricacy of the documentary narrative, in which real life personalities generate the same thrill of the unknown as fictional plot lines. Suffice it to say, I left feeling lusciously confused – who was I in the end laughing at or with? In the face of Banksy's teasingly ironic vision, no one is left unscathed. Not even us. Not even Banksy himself.

James Gill Twitter @jg8608 More reviews at http://web.me.com/gilljames/Single_Admission


57 of 68 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why is this so hyped? Makarov-324
DEFINITIVE PROOF oborboa
why did other artists, turn against Thierry? malefic99
Banksy's identity shellmaher
If Thierry erased the Disneyland footage... oMalley79
The character 'Mister Brainwash' is a work by Banksy parcifalneyt
Discuss Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page