A difficult and demanding movie, one that rewards the persevering moviegoer just as Pollock's difficult and demanding paintings ultimately reward the steadfast.
Filled with fine performances.
Harris, Harden, and Madigan are all outstanding, and the film, while flawed, is engrossing and impressive.
| Original Score: 4/5
Harris ... gives perhaps the performance of his screen career, making the most of his physical resemblance to Pollock while bringing a scary, single-minded intensity to the part.
An intelligent, engrossing, finely tuned period drama.
| Original Score: A-
A ruddy little movie with a seething core and a chill in its bones.
| Original Score: 3/4
You can believe that Ed Harris was born to play artist Jackson Pollock. You can almost believe that Pollock died so that some day he would be acted by Harris.
Ed Harris gives a commanding, potent performance in Pollock that is a torrential mix of the artist's chaotic talent and his more chaotic psyche.
This may not be exactly the movie Pollock deserves, but it's the one he got; and, reservations aside, it's pretty darn good.
Harris' Oscar-nominated performance is quite moving, making Pollock a better movie than the predictability of its story arc would indicate.
Ed Harris' filmmaking deserves praise despite the story's glitches, and Marcia Gay Harden stands out in a star turn as the artist's wife.
Like its subject, Pollock is a messy creation, but one whose depth of commitment and high attack keeps it on track.
Repeats the same old stereotypes of 'artistic greatness,' and ends up feeling a little bit worn out.
Harris delivers an intense and credible performance that effectively portrays Pollock's anti-social nature, his intensity and his seemingly desperate drive.
| Original Score: 71/100
Flat and uninvolving, flash cards from a life but with no life itself.
A series of flashy scenes that work on their own histrionic terms but add up to nothing you can't predict in the first five minutes.
A precise, deliberate movie, so carefully calibrated in its tone and structure that, as a whole, it ends up reading like a completely well-intentioned lack of guts.
Harris is always a good actor but here seems possessed, as if he had a leap of empathy for Pollock.
| Original Score: 4/4
The movie's best moments evoke the thrill of doing something new.
Ed Harris has always been a great actor in search of a role that could match his haunted intensity, and in Pollock ... he finds it.
| Original Score: B