• R, 2 hr. 3 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ed Harris
    In Theaters:
    Dec 15, 2000 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 24, 2001
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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Pollock Reviews

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James Berardinelli
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Other than depicting his wild mood swings, there's not too much to this cinematic representation of Pollock.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 13, 2000
David D'Arcy
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Brawls and bravado aside, Pollock has the stiffness of an official biography.

December 14, 2000
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Flat and uninvolving, flash cards from a life but with no life itself.

February 19, 2001
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's the same movie we get every time Hollywood tackles tortured geniuses.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

March 1, 2001
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Only the artwork and scenes focused on the process of painting get near the truth. The rest is hazy bluster.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

March 5, 2001
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Harden deserves recognition more than her co-stars, if only because she creates the sole sympathetic character.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

June 13, 2002
Jeremiah Kipp
Flipside Movie Emporium

Jackson Pollock may have been the wild beast who broke through the ice, but Ed Harris proves to be a tame animal indeed.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: C-

October 24, 2001
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

a plodding glimpse of the latter part of Jackson Pollock's life

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: D+

April 25, 2013
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

...can't ever seem to find its way out of Denis Leary's all-purpose tortured artist biopic template: 'I'm drunk, I'm nobody. I'm drunk, I'm famous. I'm drunk, I'm dead.'

June 21, 2002
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

The production, like Pollack's life, feels truncated and unfulfilled.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 5/10

December 14, 2000
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A smart but disappointingly conventional portrait of an artist who had little use for convention.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 15, 2000
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine

It's the stuff of exciting moviemaking, but Pollock is decidedly underwhelming.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

December 15, 2000
Mary Kalin-Casey

Feels like a visual sampling of the artist's life, rather than a revealing exploration of the person behind the creative and cultural legend.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

February 7, 2001
Stephanie Zacharek
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

February 16, 2001
David Edelstein
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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.

Full Review Source: Slate

February 17, 2001
Todd R. Ramlow

Repeats the same old stereotypes of 'artistic greatness,' and ends up feeling a little bit worn out.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

February 23, 2001
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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Just -- yes, just -- one more film about that perennially obdurate subject, an artist.

March 8, 2001
Michael Dequina

Passion can easily lead to self-indulgence, and that is certainly the unfortunate case here.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2/4

December 8, 2002
Gerry Gallo

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 5, 2004

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 6, 2005
Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 21, 2002
Susan Granger
January 1, 2000
Sarah Dunant
This is London
December 15, 2003
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye

December 27, 2002
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
October 8, 2001
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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April 27, 2007

Ebert & Roeper
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February 7, 2001

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 23, 2001

News & Observer, Raleigh, NC

March 26, 2001

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

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June 1, 2002

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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