Museum Hours Reviews

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Tim Grierson
Paste Magazine
August 7, 2013
"Museum Hours" is less about individuals than it is about collective experiences -- how we all take part in life's broad canvas.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 1, 2013
A lot of it works, some of it doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
July 22, 2013
Relationships between humans and art are perceptively explored in this unassuming yet quietly charming character study.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
July 18, 2013
One of the world's great art museums, the Kunsthistoriches is the true star of the movie "Museum Hours."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 17, 2013
A wonderfully slow movie that presents a parade of wonders about the beauties and delights of art, city life, and friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 16, 2013
Cinematographer Peter Roehsler has an amazing eye for shot composition and his photography of the copious art on display in the museum borders on brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post
July 11, 2013
It peers into the twin galleries of art and life, and in particular follows the brief intersection of lives between a security guard (Bobby Sommer) and Anne, one of the museum's regular visitors (Mary Margaret O'Hara).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
July 11, 2013
The result is poetic and maybe even wise. Bruegel, I think, would be proud.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 9, 2013
...a unique film that celebrates art, the city of Vienna and the profound friendship born of a kindness from a local to a visitor without many resources whose very trip is itself an act of great compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 5, 2013
It's a hybrid drama/art-history essay about how looking at art recasts our experience of looking at the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
July 4, 2013
It's lovely but lulling, and for a movie in which little happens, oddly predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
July 4, 2013
The languid pace, long silences and lack of purpose and dramatic tension will leave some looking at their watches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 1, 2013
It finds the time to look at looking, and to offer a slow revelation: to the lonely and the stranded, it is art that feels like home.
Robert Levin
amNewYork
June 30, 2013
The genius of Museum Hours lies in the way Jem Cohen ties the minimalist story at the movie's center with the extraordinary art that fills his frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 28, 2013
The film shows how quiet exteriors can mask deep interior lives, and how art feeds those lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 27, 2013
This movie is rigorously and intensely lifelike, which is to say that it's also a strange and moving work of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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June 27, 2013
Ultimately, the movie's easygoing narrative turns to loss, but without melodrama. An awareness of life and art offers perspective, and perhaps a measure of consolation.
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June 27, 2013
Museum Hours is less interested in plot than in using its characters as a way to give ideas shape and voice; however, because their performances are natural and improvisatory, the movie never seems didactic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Fear
Time Out
June 25, 2013
The real strength of Cohen's occasionally didactic drama ... is in the way the film redirects your focus to the periphery and reminds you of the richness that resides there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Calum Marsh
Village Voice
June 25, 2013
Museum Hours, despite that almost documentary-like distance, in fact expresses a thoroughly subjective experience ...
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