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Girl With a Pearl Earring Reviews


Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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March 10, 2004
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Working from an intelligent, understated screenplay by Olivia Hetreed, director Peter Webber (an acclaimed documentarian) proceeds with a stunning assurance.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

January 30, 2004
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Lavish attention to historical detail, the thorough immersion in this unusual world and Johansson's impressive performance make Girl With a Pearl Earring memorable but not a masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 30, 2004
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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A feast for the eyes.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 29, 2004
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A virtual ricochet-fest of eyeball action. Those looks, those glares, those gapes, those gawks!

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 22, 2004
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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A rare and elegant film bathed in the kind of soft, delicate light that can build unexpectedly to feelings of both anxiety and bliss.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

January 21, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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January 17, 2004
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The picture is simply ravishing, but at times it falls prey to its own contemplations.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

January 16, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Girl With A Pearl Earring is one of those quiet, restrained films that softly haunts the viewer for weeks afterward. It won't knock you over, but it won't soon leave you either.

| Original Score: B+

January 16, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Beautifully lit, designed and photographed, it is, like much of the Dutch master's work, more to be admired than emotionally embraced.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

January 16, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Girl With a Pearl Earring brilliantly captures the texture of ordinary life.

| Original Score: B

January 16, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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To earn its props, a period film must resonate in our time. A movie about art doubles that demand. Webber has delivered the goods and then some.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

January 16, 2004
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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An extraordinary embodiment of the period, [Johansson] looks to have stepped right into a Vermeer frame.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

January 16, 2004
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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We're left wishing for more insight into the people and less into the process.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 15, 2004
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It's a striking experience of light, color and composition. But it's also somewhat stifling.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

January 15, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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For the first time in her brilliant young career, Scarlett Johansson is the centerpiece of a film -- and she carries it mostly through her wonderfully expressive face.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

January 12, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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First-time director Peter Webber and cinematographer Eduardo Serra nearly make up for the biopic blather by lighting the film so exquisitely that each frame looks like a Vermeer.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 9, 2004
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Webber makes a confident if torpid debut here.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 9, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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If the scope of the film feels small, Girl With a Pearl Earring fills that scope to bursting with subtle glory.

January 9, 2004
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Both lovely to look at and intriguing to hold in the mind.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 9, 2004
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Nearly every shot is suitable for framing.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B

January 9, 2004
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Dancing on the edge of dullness, Girl is continually saved by the look of things.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

January 9, 2004
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Like the painting itself and the young woman who inspired it, Girl With a Pearl Earring is a quiet jewel.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A-

January 8, 2004
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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The movie offers tantalizing glimpses of the leaded glass windows, rich mosaic fabrics and cobbled streets immortalized in his work.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 26, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I can think of many ways the film could have gone wrong, but it goes right, because it doesn't cook up melodrama and romantic intrigue but tells a story that's content with its simplicity.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

December 26, 2003
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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This is one of those fit-for-framing productions that screams, 'Look at me! Look at me! Don't bother with what's beneath the surface.'

| Original Score: 1.5/4

December 26, 2003
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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With concision and well-chosen detail, Peter Webber's exceedingly accomplished first feature beautifully evokes the world the artist inhabited 340 years ago while deftly and discreetly delineating the personal intrigue within his teeming household.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 23, 2003
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Seems to have been made to appeal to viewers who believe that a prestigious painting is infinitely more important than a mere movie that celebrates the exalted existence of this painting.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

December 18, 2003
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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You've never seen so many people talking and walking so slowly or registering their emotions so unblinkingly.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 16, 2003
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Pretty much the whole movie is a series of poses, static and uninvolving, except for cinematographer Eduardo Serra's lighting, which makes everything look convincingly Vermeer-ish

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

December 16, 2003
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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Vermeer's famous painting comes semi-alive in this stultifyingly tasteful adaptation of a ludicrous book. Go to the museum instead.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 13, 2003
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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A rich gem expertly told in a surprisingly scant 95 minutes.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

December 12, 2003
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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It would be hard to overpraise Johansson -- who could hardly look more perfect for the part -- for her extraordinary ability to convey so much emotion with so few words.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

December 12, 2003
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's meant to deliver conflict and characters, motivation and crisis. Instead it delivers period details, pretty scenery, interesting landscapes and elegant still lifes.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

December 12, 2003
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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Like stepping inside a Vermeer painting. The light, color and composition are eerily perfect.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

December 12, 2003
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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An earnest, obvious melodrama with no soul, filled with the longing silences that come after a sigh.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 11, 2003
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Even if Girl With a Pearl Earring is not nearly as remarkable dramatically as it is visually, it is, finally, a film of great beauty, and that is something worth appreciating.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 11, 2003
John Anderson
Newsday
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Visually, the film is breathtaking. And Johansson, while not looking much like the Girl with the Pearl, does achieve a Vermeer- like sublimity, against which the ill winds of 1600s Holland blow.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

December 11, 2003
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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A slight but considerably enchanting tale of impossible romance and artistic discovery.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 10, 2003
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Offers sumptuous visuals and compelling drama effectively intermingled in a pleasing, satisfying production.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

December 9, 2003
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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As the imaginary historical subject, Johansson holds her frequent close-ups with considerable authority.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 9, 2003
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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[Johansson] gives a nearly silent performance, yet the interplay on her face of fear, ignorance, curiosity, and sex is intensely dramatic.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

December 4, 2003
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The movie takes us deep into the intimate realms of artistic inspiration.

September 11, 2003
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