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  • Summary: Directed by her grandson Andrew Neel, this feature-length documentary tells the story of American painter Alice Neel (1900-1984). Exploring the struggles she faces as a woman artist, a single mother, and a painter who defied convention, the film males use of extensive textual, photographic,Directed by her grandson Andrew Neel, this feature-length documentary tells the story of American painter Alice Neel (1900-1984). Exploring the struggles she faces as a woman artist, a single mother, and a painter who defied convention, the film males use of extensive textual, photographic, and filmic archives. (SeeThink Productions) Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    80
    The finely crafted Alice Neel is at once tribute, investigative journalism and messy family drama.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    Andrew Neel's fascinating but troubling documentary about his famous grandmother is more than a mere biography of an important 20th-century artist: It's also an intimate portrait of a family member that questions whether or not "great artist" and "good parent" can ever be combined in the same person.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    70
    Much like Neel's portraits, the film is marked by audacious understatement, neither whitewashing nor sensationalizing the artist's sterling achievements and messy personal life.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    70
    It achieves the documentary format’s basic goal of illuminating history while also demonstrating, through filmmaking choices, how an artist’s style reveals his or her personality.
  5. Reviewed by: Cate McQuaid
    63
    For all the juicy storytelling, Alice Neel remains, in this film, a cipher: brash, grandmotherly, and beyond understanding.
  6. Reviewed by: Kenneth Baker
    50
    Comes across as a cautionary tale.
  7. Reviewed by: Julia Wallace
    30
    Neel is a compelling subject, but she's more alive in one of her paintings than in all of the voluminous video footage her grandson thrusts upon us.
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  1. KenS.
    May 28, 2007
    10
    This film is a rich portrait of Alice Neal done much in the manner of her own brilliant art. In its richness It revealed many of the rough This film is a rich portrait of Alice Neal done much in the manner of her own brilliant art. In its richness It revealed many of the rough spots of her life and gave us a portrait of her world, With the inclusion of the family members the film takes on a very moving presence. The film is riveting from beginning to end. The full screen images of her paintings are a spectacular experience and makes me want to see them at the same scale and luminosity in a museum or gallery. The film shows her perserverence against forces out of her control , both as a woman and as an artist working in her manner, In the face of this, to witness her eventual recognition is very moving. It is finally a wonderful record for all time of Alice Neel and her very special family. Expand