• PG-13, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Peter Webber
    In Theaters:
    Jan 9, 2004 Limited
    On DVD:
    May 4, 2004
  • Lions Gate Films Inc.

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Girl With a Pearl Earring Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Older teens and adults will enjoy. Book is better.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 24, 2010
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

The film is an intriguing speculative account of the creation of one of Vermeer's most famous and sensual paintings. Every shot in the film looks like it was taken right out of a painting from Delft, Holland circa 1665...

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B+

May 9, 2009
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

The movie benefits greatly from Johansson's gift for understated delivery, but she's less assured in this demure, largely non-verbal role than she was as a modern young woman in Ghost World and Lost in Translation.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 3, 2008
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics

An entertaining but inauthentic adaptation, a production which reads more like a Hollywood teensploit than a historical epic from Holland.

Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics | Original Score: 2/4

April 25, 2007

Empire Magazine

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

April 1, 2006
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... a movie about a kind of understanding that rarely passes between human beings; a solemn, sacred meeting of minds.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: A-

January 10, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Girl with the Pearl Earring is about the liberating and inspiring experience of being seen.

| Original Score: B+

December 6, 2004
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Like the finest of Vermeer's paintings, the film's richly textured elements blend perfectly, unforgettably framed.

Full Review | Original Score: A

October 14, 2004
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

| Original Score: 7/10

October 7, 2004
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald

A fascinating concept that loses its luster on screen.

Full Review Source: Oregon Herald | Original Score: 3/5

August 13, 2004
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net

Girl with a pearl earring (...) is a movie of few words and beautiful pictures, and the story is as understated as the acting.

Full Review Source: european-films.net

August 7, 2004
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus

A terrifically realised film, startlingly emotional and wonderfully visceral.

Full Review Source: FilmFocus | Original Score: 82/100

July 20, 2004
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Scarlett Johansson, 19, has a matureness beyond her years.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 3.5

June 22, 2004
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

To watch Girl With a Pearl Earring is to sense that one great photograph after another is unfolding before the eyes.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 14, 2004
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

... the true star of this film is Eduardo Serra, who should have had the Oscar. Sweeping fantasy vistas are easy; creating a sensual feast through the camera's lens is hard.

| Original Score: 4/4

April 6, 2004
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

Every year or so a movie gets released that is cherished more for its look than its actual content.

Full Review Source: Lawrence Journal-World | Original Score: 3/4

March 26, 2004
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

The novel is trimmed down to almost a vignette telling the story of the model for Vermeer's most famous painting. This is art director Christina Schaffer's film.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

March 25, 2004
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

Webber's film drips with art, but it doesn't exactly inspire deeply felt emotion.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4/5

March 18, 2004

Sunday Times (Australia)

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia) | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 16, 2004
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

You don't have to know much about the artist Johannes Vermeer to be enchanted by "The Girl With the Pearl Earring."

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

March 13, 2004

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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October 18, 2008

Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
November 20, 2004

Guardian [UK]
April 9, 2004
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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March 10, 2004
Hanh Nguyen
Zap2it.com
February 25, 2004

ComingSoon.net
February 7, 2004
Michael Healey
PopMatters
January 20, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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January 17, 2004

Boston Phoenix
January 10, 2004

Film4
October 28, 2003
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 7, 2003
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