The plain fact is that, on some level, it doesn't matter whether the film is true or not. Either way, it's fascinating. Either way, we learn a lot. Either way, it's a great film.
Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic, 2010-06-24
A provocative and absorbing exploration of what constitutes art, the creative process and the power of hype to triumph over talent.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2010-06-23
As the documentary morphs into a riddle about art in the marketplace, the eyes of the beholder get crossed, and the dizziness is part of the fun.
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2010-05-13
Hoax or not, Exit Through the Gift Shop ends up energizing, aggravating, enjoyable and revealing. Is it art or isn't it? Who knows? Apparently no one.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2010-05-07
Put-on, satire, mockumentary, goof? Whatever it is, "Exit Through the Gift Shop" is an original.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2010-05-07
Like Banksy's best street work, it pushes and prods our gullibility buttons and sends the mind swirling with questions of artistic authenticity and intent.
Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, 2010-05-07
Exit Through the Gift Shop offers an absorbing glimpse of a bracingly subversive slice of the culture, as well as some tantalizing images of Banksy at work.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2010-04-30
Exit Through the Gift Shop, credited as "A Banksy Film," poses some bitingly funny questions about the meaning and value of art. Is it in the eye of the beholder? Is it truth plus beauty? Anything you can get away with? Brainwashing?
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2010-04-29
Some have suggested that the whole story, including the emergence of Mr. Brainwash, is an elaborate hoax engineered by Banksy to satirize the commodification of art. If so, it's a brilliant one.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2010-04-29
The brilliantly untrustworthy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop reminds us that a film can start out in one direction and then change course so radically, it becomes an act of provocation unto itself.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2010-04-29
The widespread speculation that Exit Through the Gift Shop is a hoax only adds to its fascination.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2010-04-29
This initiates a role reversal in which documentarian becomes artist and vice versa.
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2010-04-23
One of the best, most karmically satisfying comedies of the year, much to the chagrin of the people who are in it.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2010-04-22
Exit could be a new subgenre: the prankumentary.
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 2010-04-16
The film is a curiosity. It's both an attempted documentary of an artistic movement and a bemused examination about why the movie failed in that mission.
David Germain, Associated Press, 2010-04-16
Banksy makes an appealing narrator with a deft grasp of the questions raised.
Kyle Smith, New York Post, 2010-04-16
A documentary on the art world may strike you as a yawn. No worries. You'll be laughing helplessly at this one.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2010-04-16