The Next Big Thing

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  • Summary: Sometimes the only way to make it is to fake it. That's what failed painter Gus Bishop discovers when a fast-talking thief makes off with one of his works and makes up a story the art world can't resist.


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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. This well-cast film does with a lighter hand for art what "The Producers" does for show business.
  2. 70
    Spins a warm and fuzzy tale about love and happiness in the cutthroat art business.
  3. New Times (L.A.)
    Reviewed by: Gregory Weinkauf
    Any story's a good story if it's told well, and this one is, with chuckles to spare.
  4. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Posner paints in pretty broad strokes. The movie is studded with convenient coincidences and obvious observations. But he has also put together a nicely polished production that shines with an almost earnest charm.
  5. 40
    John Waters covered the same territory in his underrated 1998 comedy "Pecker," but without Waters' colorful mix of outrageousness and affection, Posner can't stir up the rancor to score even a few glancing blows at an easy target.
  6. All strained artifice, inhabited by individuals who either lack dimension or are merely stereotypes. The result is a movie not nearly as amusing as its makers may think.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    Posner's dishearteningly unsophisticated treatment itself rings false.

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