The Painter and the Thief (2020) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Painter and the Thief (2020)



Critic Consensus: The Painter and the Thief uses the unlikely bond between a criminal and his victim as the canvas for a compelling portrait of compassion and forgiveness.

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Desperate for answers about the theft of her 2 paintings, a Czech artist seeks out and befriends the career criminal who stole them. After inviting her thief to sit for a portrait, the two form an improbable relationship and an inextricable bond that will forever link these lonely souls.

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All Critics (63) | Top Critics (19)

[A] strange, delicately made film, which manages to defy expectations about both of its subjects and the power balance between them.

May 22, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a knockout.

May 22, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

[T]here are moments so intimate and unguarded that you may briefly dissociate and question what you're watching - a documentary, or its carefully scripted and acted narrative counterpart.

May 22, 2020 | Full Review…

The concept of being seen through someone else's eyes drives the best parts of The Painter and the Thief, a documentary that illuminates a great deal about the human condition even if it does kind of fizzle out in the third act.

May 22, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Ask not-or not only-what the painter does for the thief. Ask what the thief might be doing for the painter.

May 22, 2020 | Full Review…

The beauty of the film lies in the bond she forges with one of the thieves... The relationship between Barbora and Bertil, as she calls him, grows on camera from improbable friendship to spiritual love.

May 21, 2020 | Full Review…

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