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  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Freed from the slavishness of most authorized biography, the film makers try bold strokes.
  2. Surviving Picasso is an intelligent, beautifully crafted and engrossing Ismail Merchant-James Ivory biographical portrait of the century's most famous and successful painter. [4 Oct 1996]
  3. Cool, assured, emotionally remote, Merchant Ivory's Surviving Picasso is never less than watchable, but it's also a cinematic paradox, a movie that works to capture Picasso from every angle yet somehow misses the fire in his belly.
  4. 63
    The movie breaks down into anecdotes that don't flow or build, and everything is narrated by the Gilot character.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    50
    This movie is a dreary endurance test.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Appelo
    42
    Surviving Picasso is tasteful, more expensive-looking than it really is, and not nearly as lengthy as it feels. [18 Oct 1996]
  7. Not to put too fine a point on it, Surviving Picasso is merely the worst movie ever made about a painter; worse movies have been made on other subjects, though none comes immediately to mind. [20 Sep 1996]

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