Museum Hours Reviews

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 13, 2013
Quite literally an art film, this quietly riveting drama essentially just observes its settings and characters, eavesdropping on what they have to say about themselves and the world around them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
September 12, 2013
What should have been a beautiful, contemplative piece of art, ends up being a self-indulgent bore. You'd be much better off going to your local art museum than sitting through this reject of an art film.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 12, 2013
It's an odd duck, but it rewards moviegoers willing to fall under its spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rob Nelson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 12, 2013
Cohen's spare but spectacularly visualized film follows a pair of middle-aged strangers who meet in a Viennese art museum and proceed to walk and talk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 12, 2013
Whether you find the result tedious or enlightening will be a factor of your openness to the director's languidly atmospheric approach.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 6, 2013
A little bit like a travelogue, a little bit like people-watching, this is simultaneously a relaxing and invigorating cinematic experience. Simply magnificent.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
September 6, 2013
A beguiling and often moving treatise on the relationship between art and life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
September 6, 2013
Museum Hours is melancholy yet full of humour; educational and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
September 6, 2013
It sits uncomfortably as a weird in-between facsimile, as though we're being asked to study postcard reproductions of great artworks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike McCahill
Guardian
September 5, 2013
This is one of those rare films that may change the way you view the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 5, 2013
Museum Hours is a grand, profound and exceptionally beautiful love letter to museums and the wealth of culture that can be found in everyday life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Andrew Schenker
Little White Lies
September 5, 2013
A look around Vienna's legendary gallery provides some unexpectedly enlightening moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
September 5, 2013
Museum Hours is that rare thing: a movie about high art that's not only nice if you can afford it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tom Dawson
The List
September 5, 2013
There's something trance-like about the flow of images here, as close-ups of details within illustrious paintings are juxtaposed with shots of faces and buildings in the streets of contemporary Vienna, alongside numerous fades to black.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
September 5, 2013
Cohen's vivid eye for forlorn urban spaces makes this as geographically evocative as his other work, but it's a film of clearly etched themes, too, about the solace of growing old as well as the slight sadness of unlived lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
September 4, 2013
Its encouragement to let ourselves be captivated by everyday humanity as well as the old masters is both richly illuminating and quirkily endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
September 2, 2013
Unwinding at its own gentle pace, Museum Hours delicately explores a platonic friendship between two emotionally reserved people.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 29, 2013
An enthralling and sometimes droll meditation on life, art and mortality, not to mention Internet porn and its influence on modern art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 15, 2013
"Museum Hours" is every bit as masterfully conceived and executed as the art works that serve as the film's lively cast of supporting characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2013
Difficult to describe but not to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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