Harris' painting technique is so convincing you really think you are watching Pollock at work. The rest of the film works well enough, but it is fairly slow going.
| Original Score: 3/4
Harris' portrayal -- that rare specimen that deserves the plaudit 'tour de force' -- holds to a world-wise respect as the story dangles maudlin indulgence in front of him.
Harris does a brilliant job playing the tortured, uncommunicative painter.
The enthusiasm Harris devotes to his subject matter leaves one with a positive impression of both the film and himself.
That altogether rare movie about an artist that works because it takes the art itself for granted.
A brilliant acting exercise for its incredible cast.
As acted and directed by Ed Harris, the scenes of the painter in action work brilliantly.
The emotional interplay between Harris and Harden is electric, crackling with authenticity.
A great film for people unafraid of tough, melancholic films that plumb the depths of human experience.
Thanks to some terrific performances and a solid debut from Harris behind the camera, the film turns out to be an interesting and engaging experience.
While Ed Harris captures the all the surfaces of Jackson Pollock, his subject remains an enigma.
| Original Score: B
A remarkably detailed, emotionally layered, deeply affecting film.
| Original Score: 10/10
Succeeds in capturing a personality with all its infuriating and inspiring facets.
Just -- yes, just -- one more film about that perennially obdurate subject, an artist.
Only the artwork and scenes focused on the process of painting get near the truth. The rest is hazy bluster.
Almost good enough to transcend the typical tale of a tortured artist.
You root for Pollock despite its shortcomings.
One need not be a fan of the audacious style of Jack Pollock to admire Ed Harris' journeyman effort to bring the tortured life of one of America's true originals to the screen
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's the same movie we get every time Hollywood tackles tortured geniuses.
A difficult and demanding movie, one that rewards the persevering moviegoer just as Pollock's difficult and demanding paintings ultimately reward the steadfast.