"Exit Through the Gift Shop" is a marvelous,
one-of-a-kind contraption, a madly spinning top of
a movie that keeps zigging and zagging and taking
the audience right along with it.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
'Subversive, provocative and unexpected, Exit Through
the Gift Shop delights in taking you by surprise, starting
quietly but ending up in a hall of mirrors as unsettling as
anything Lewis Carroll's Alice ever experienced.'
'its story has so much resonance that the film rewards
Los Angeles Times
'Most art documentaries serve as dull, glowing
hagiographies of their subjects. Not so "Exit Through
the Gift Shop", a raucously entertaining postmodern
survey of guerrilla street art that appears to be one thing
(a chronicle of the scene centered on its most enigmatic
figure, Banksy), only to fold back on itself and examine
would-be filmmaker Thierry Guetta instead. Such a
radically nonstandard approach, in which helmer and
subject switch places, perfectly suits these artists'
anarchic personae. While publicity will require some
creative thinking, the out-of-the-park result should have
daring distribs laughing all the way to the banksy.'
Variety - Peter Debruge
'Narrated by Rhys Ifans with the dryness of a dessicated
toad, Exit Through the Gift Shop is both an exhilarating
testament to serendipity and an appalling testament
to art-world inanity.'
New York Magazine - David Edelstein
'this story's too good, too weirdly rich, to be made up'
The Boston Globe - Ty Burr
'the film is relentlessly entertaining, a fascinating
document of work whose life span is commonly
determined by city councils and cleanup crews.'
New York Times - Jeannette Catsoulis
'It's a flawlessly made film; original and insightful,
asks questions rather than telling you what to think
and at the same time, manages to be very, very funny'
'An act of provocation unto itself.
The entire film comprises a series
of painfully funny train wrecks.'