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100
Subversive, provocative and unexpected, Exit Through the Gift Shop delights in taking you by surprise, starting quietly but ending up in a hall of mirrors as unsettling as anything Lewis Carroll's Alice ever experienced.
100
An exhilarating hall-of-mirrors look at what happens when global art fame turns anonymous, artists become objects, fans turn into artists, and the whole what's-sincere-and-what's-a-sham spectacle is more fun than art was ever supposed to be.
100
One of the best, most karmically satisfying comedies of the year, much to the chagrin of the people who are in it.
90
Hugely entertaining documentary challenges conventional concepts of legitimate art and the creative process.
88
The widespread speculation that Exit Through the Gift Shop is a hoax only adds to its fascination.
88
A beguiling and subversively funny entertainment that considers art's worth from many angles, including that of guerrilla painters, gallerists, and seasoned collectors.
88
The brilliantly untrustworthy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop reminds us that a film can start out in one direction and then change course so radically, it becomes an act of provocation unto itself.
88
Miami Herald
What makes Exit Through the Gift Shop so fascinating -- and it is riveting, regardless of your interest in the art world -- is the eloquent way in which it illustrates how beauty and meaning really are in the eye of the beholder and how that eternal phrase still holds true: There's a sucker born every minute.
80
Wall Street Journal
This faux-documentary is droll, aerosol-thin and ultrameta.
80
Along the way, the movie documents a movement while deftly skewering a cynical media and ever-gullible public. So whether we're being had or just enlightened, Banksy's definitely found a new medium in which to create his own works of art.
75
The line between making guerrilla art and selling out has never blurred more provocatively.
75
A fascinating and entertaining glimpse into the world of high-level and socially conscious graffiti artists?

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