My Kid Could Paint That (2008) 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…
Movie on DVD Review

My Kid Could Paint That (2008)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 04, 2008; DVD Release Date: Mar 04, 2008; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genre: Documentary; 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 Feb 29, 2008 Published in issue #981 Mar 07, 2008 Order article reprints