• Unrated, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jem Cohen
    In Theaters:
    Jun 28, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Dec 17, 2013
  • Cinema Guild

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Museum Hours Reviews

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Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

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 Source: Film Geek Central | Original Score: 0/4

September 12, 2013
Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
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It has its tedium, but it's not bad. At times, it's actually quite good.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

September 19, 2013
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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The languid pace, long silences and lack of purpose and dramatic tension will leave some looking at their watches.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 4, 2013
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

Critics have been more than kind to Museum Hours, respectful of its sleepy intellectualism in a 2013 summer of brainless action flicks.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2

September 16, 2013
Anna Tatarska
Movie Mezzanine

When Cohen's film is over and the lights go out, the world is not the same anymore.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A

March 13, 2014

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 5/5

September 5, 2013
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post

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 Source: National Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 11, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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The film shows how quiet exteriors can mask deep interior lives, and how art feeds those lives.

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

June 28, 2013
Tara Brady
Irish Times

It sits uncomfortably as a weird in-between facsimile, as though we're being asked to study postcard reproductions of great artworks.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 6, 2013
Calum Marsh
Village Voice
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Museum Hours, despite that almost documentary-like distance, in fact expresses a thoroughly subjective experience ...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 25, 2013
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

June 27, 2013
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine

Jem Cohen's film finds its most salient tension in the fraught relationship between known and unknown objects.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

June 24, 2013
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper

It's lovely but lulling, and for a movie in which little happens, oddly predictable.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper | Original Score: B

July 4, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Sommer is perfect. So is O'Hara. This is the "Before Sunrise" for a very different (and platonic) pair of individuals.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

March 6, 2014
Andrew Schenker
Little White Lies

A look around Vienna's legendary gallery provides some unexpectedly enlightening moments.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

September 5, 2013
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

The result is an experience not unlike going to a museum itself: a chance to peruse wondrous things in a sacred space. For an evening, a movie theater becomes a place where art and life become beautifully entangled.

Full Review Source: Fresno Bee | Original Score: A-

September 13, 2013
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Calm entertainment.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

September 26, 2013
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

A contemplative experimental drama, it also invites moviegoers to take a deep breath, to relax, and to float along in its leisurely exploration of leisurely exploration.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 4/5

September 20, 2013
Tim Grierson
Paste Magazine

"Museum Hours" is less about individuals than it is about collective experiences -- how we all take part in life's broad canvas.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

August 7, 2013

Cohen's simple, masterful film considers how we anoint value.

Full Review Source: AskMen.com | Original Score: 5/5

December 19, 2013
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