Portrait of Wally


Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10

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  1. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jun 30, 2012
    The documentary carrying the same name as Schiele's painting works like a suspense drama and a slippery chronicle of ownership, theft and vaguely unsettling resolution.
  2. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    May 8, 2012
    The conclusion is a testament to the fact that authentic justice is probably only attainable by accident.
  3. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Sep 6, 2012
    With a saga this sprawling and byzantine, it makes sense that the emphasis is not on Schiele, but rather on what the sorely wronged Bondi never stopped calling "my Schiele."
  4. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    May 9, 2012
    Portrait Of Wally tells a gripping story, but the filmmakers should have been more forthright about their own part in it.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    May 10, 2012
    The film's single-minded treatment puts property issues over other nuances of the affair, not least the art itself and the artist. A brief postscript about the early deaths of Schiele and his pregnant wife feels uncomfortably like an afterthought.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    May 8, 2012
    Shea's documentary is a well-arranged if rather drawn-out parade of talking heads telling Wally's story, including a trenchant and funny Morley Safer, never missing a chance to knock the art world.
  7. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    May 8, 2012
    Portrait of Wally may be too narrowly focused for some viewers, but offers an engaging narrative and high-profile subject that should attract audiences at fests and in specialized theatrical bookings.
  8. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    May 8, 2012
    Turning over rocks in and around the New York art world, helmer Andrew Shea finds a lot of ugly stuff while chronicling what amounts to a 60-year hostage drama centered around the Egon Schiele oil painting that gives the film its title.
  9. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    May 8, 2012
    Though overly dependent on a roundelay of talking heads, the film escalates into an ace legal thriller, spinning a web of shame that snags everything from the Austrian government to America's most beloved not-for-profits.
  10. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Jun 28, 2012
    What's most vexing about Portrait of Wally is its lack of nuance.

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