My Kid Could Paint That

Genre: Documentary; Director: Amir Bar-Lev; Runtime (in minutes): 83; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

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

Originally posted February 29 2008 — 12:00 AM EST

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