Banksy Does New York

Directed by Chris Moukarbel

On October 1, 2013, the elusive street artist Banksy launched a month-long residency in New York, an art show he called Better Out Than In. As one new work of art was presented each day in a secret location, a group of fans, called “Banksy Hunters,” took to the streets and blew up social media.


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  • ★★★★ review by Zach Skov on Letterboxd

    An interesting view at the world of Banksy from the eye of the beholder. Spread throughout his one month residency in NYC the film is comprised of fan interactions with the art and for the most part is quite interesting. It's interesting how many people had no idea who/what Bansky was, but would try and take the art to make a profit from it, or those who would deface it just because.

    My biggest pet peeve was some peoples pronunciation of Banksy, but I got over it. I enjoyed seeing some of the bigger pieces from the residency that I remember seeing online when they were happening again with thee different perspectives.

    It's always interesting to me that Banksy can continue to stay and enigma and get away with everything. Hopefully one day I can see his work in person.

  • ★★★★½ review by mick culleton on Letterboxd

    In October 2013 UK artist brings New York to a standstill , When for 31 days he will do a piece of work everyday and it could pop up anywhere in the five boroughs , Which leads to hunt by fans to see it before it gets defaced by local graffiti artists or taken by people trying to make a profit, He also has to avoid the NYPD who are hot on his heals, A documentry that not only shows the power of street art , But also how sad modern day New York has become and how it sold its sole, Where areas of great street art use to thrive now gets demolised for yet another shopping mall or mudane skyscraper , NYC has lost its character and has now become a yuppie paradise

  • ★★★★ review by bulletproofQpid on Letterboxd

    In which it's confirmed that the powers that be would rather see the same shitty looking buildings and ads every day than some actual artwork...

  • ★★★★ review by Bob R. on Letterboxd

    Banksy Does New York documents the titular street-artist's 31-day reign of terror on the Big Apple's art-scene. With a new piece or installment every day, announced in the form of a scavenger hunt. The project earned an immediate following of people eager to find theise rare works before they are removed, destroyed, painted-over or stolen. It's kind of amazing. This documentary is one of those non-fiction works where the film itself isn't s stellar or groundbreaking an many ways, but the subject matter is so fascinating that it actually elevates the medium. This is a good one.

  • ★★★½ review by Dion Wyn on Letterboxd

    Banksy has always intrigued me. When his residency happened in New York I followed the developments each day. This is a good documentation of those events by using his fan base tracking down his work around the city. I have seen a few Banksy documentaries this is one of the better ones.

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