Missy Schwartz
February 29, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

My Kid Could Paint That

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
83 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/05/07
director
Amir Bar-Lev
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B

Marla Olmstead was a 4-year-old tot from Binghamton, N.Y., when, in 2004, her abstract paintings made her world-famous. Then the media began to speculate that her wannabe artist dad had an active hand in her work. My Kid Could Paint That is an engrossing documentary is as much an exploration of the authorship controversy as a meditation on modern art. EXTRAS Editor John Walter and art dealer Anthony Brunelli offer an insight-free commentary; director Amir Bar-Lev is glaringly absent. A high point in the otherwise skippable outtakes: a journalist’s reading of a letter from the Olmsteads, ”heartbroken” by Kid. B

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