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Basquiat back to product details

Meh
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written by dropjohnson January 5, 2006 - 12:34 AM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
While the relationship between Warhol and Basquiat portrayed in the film is fascinating (the marvelous performances by Bowie and Wright don't hurt), the rest of the movie is formulaic tripe peppered with oddly inappropriate source music. Rent Dowtown '81 instead; it ain't perfect but it'll at least fire your imagine from time to time.

Don't Bother
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written by asklepios June 13, 2005 - 12:28 PM PDT
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
If you just want a fictional story concocted in Hollywood, then this movie would still be mediocre. But given that it's based on a true artist, it was rather disappointing. A schlock-riddled plot, supported by weak writing, and absolutely no insight into the socio-political edge of Basquiat's work. His story is reduced to "woo-hoo! look at me! I do drugs and make cool shit!" and a couple of heavy-handed monologues about the corruption of art. What a waste.

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