Smash His Camera

Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    In Smash His Camera Mr. Galella emerges as a kindred soul for the curious documentarian and as a large, complicated personality in his own right, not entirely likable but admirable for his persistence and the quickness of his index finger.
  2. There's no denying that paparazzo Ron Galella is a New York character. What's at issue in Leon Gast's entertaining documentary is whether he's an artist or a creep.
  3. Leon Gast's profile of the photographer is not devoid of entertainment value or unhelpful in understanding the history of photojournalism, however, the movie is as ephemeral as one of Galella's snapshots of a coked out, B-list celeb exiting Studio 54 circa 1975.
  4. Galella's real crime goes conspicuously unmentioned: feeding the cult of celebrity while stoking a public appetite for empty gossip as news.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 9, 2011
    9
    Both a fascinating portrait of the first and most infamous paparazzo and a thought-provoking look at first amendment rights. Its subject isBoth a fascinating portrait of the first and most infamous paparazzo and a thought-provoking look at first amendment rights. Its subject is charming, but Gast goes out of his way to provide a very reasonable counterbalance. One of the best docs of 2010. Full Review »