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Benjamin Rees's documentary The Painter and the Thief, about the relationship between a painter and the thief who steals her main work because he thinks the picture is beautiful, has, premiered internationally this week to broad acclaim from film critics.  

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The Thief (left) and the Painter (right)

The documentary film The Painter and the Thief began its international life at the Sundance film festival in January. It received international distribution through NEON, which has now contributed to the film having a wide impact. NEON is also distributor of Oscar winner Parasite, and some film critics already believe that the Painter and Thief should be NEON's new Oscar candidate for documentary film.

The two most important websites that collect movie ratings and rank them, Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic both give The Painter and Thief a high score both in number of reviews and positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a so-called certified fresh stamp of 97% which means that 97% of the reviews have been positive. Among them is The Guardian who calls the Artist and the Thief the most moving documentary of the year. The film is now also on the cover of US iTunes and in the last weekend of May in second place among the most watched documentaries in the US.

Read about the documentary The Painter and the Thief here

Among the media that have reviewed the documentary so far are:

The Guardian


La Times

Wall Street Journal

Boston Globe


Vanity Fair


(Click on the names of the media to read the reviews)