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Tim's Vermeer Reviews

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Zach Hollwedel
Under the Radar

Tim's Vermeer refers not just to the replica Vermeer he seeks to paint, but to his understanding of who Vermeer was and how he accomplished his work.

Full Review Source: Under the Radar | Original Score: 6.5/10

September 7, 2014
Eddie Cockrell
The Australian

Perhaps the ultimate take-away from Tim's Vermeer is the unquenchable curiosity of certain people, albeit those with the money to finance that inquisitiveness, to get to the bottom of history's mysteries. In that respect, Jenison is an artist.

Full Review Source: The Australian | Original Score: 4/5

July 9, 2014
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

The lengths to which Jenison goes to ensure he is working with the same tools, limitations and liberties that were available to Vermeer are nothing short of gobsmacking.

Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 8, 2014
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

What it turns out to actually be about is Tim Jenison, and what it means to be a member of the new (techno) rich in the United States of the 21st Century.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

July 8, 2014

Tim's Vermeer is both enjoyable as entertainment and as an intelligently mounted case study of how art and technology complement, rather than grind against, each other. As Penn eloquently puts it: "The problem is we make that distinction."

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3/5

July 5, 2014
Tom Clift
Concrete Playground

A lively, intriguing look at the line between artist and inventor, one that challenges the very notion that the distinction should be made at all.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 3/5

June 30, 2014
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie

A masterpiece of documentary filmmaking

Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie | Original Score: 5/5

June 17, 2014
Jeff Beck

I can easily say that this film is more engaging than any action film I've seen of late, which is quite a remarkable achievement.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 9, 2014
Daniel Walber

A wry, entertaining and very impressive study of a groundbreaking adventure in amateur art history

Full Review Source: Nonfics | Original Score: 4/5

June 5, 2014
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

What emerges from this delightful, brief documentary doesn't debunk Vermeer's genius, but certifies it.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 89/100

May 26, 2014
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

It accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do - nothing more, nothing less.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: C

April 8, 2014
Eric Melin

The crossroads between technology and art has always been troublesome. Without either, we might not have some of the art world's greatest treasures. Certainly without digital video, we wouldn't have this wonderfully entertaining movie either.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 22, 2014
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

It's obvious in hindsight why Penn and Teller would be so drawn to this ethereally beautiful mystery: Their passion for all things seemingly magical, often mechanical, and always amazing is practically their trademark.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

March 20, 2014
Rob Thomas
Madison Movie

It's a sophisticated treatise on the intersection between creativity and technology, presented with all the offhand charm of a great tale told over a round of beers.

Full Review Source: Madison Movie | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 14, 2014
Mike Scott

Combining enough of the characteristic wiseassery of Penn & Teller with a dose of scholarly research on an age-old art-world mystery, it is at once entertaining and edifying.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/5

March 14, 2014
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Even when Jenison's process becomes a little tedious, the movie makes sure to remind us that tedium is often an essential part of how art is created.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

March 13, 2014
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat

It's hardly surprising that a movie made by Penn and Teller would feature a mind-bending stunt. What you're less likely to expect is that it's a 17th-century Dutch masterpiece that's pulled out of a hat.

Full Review Source: Film Threat

March 12, 2014
Callie Enlow
Orlando Weekly

Let's just say it gives you an appreciation for Vermeer, optical device or not, as well as for Jenison, who stuck with the project for five full years.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 4/5

March 11, 2014
Aine O'Connor
Irish Independent

Hockney and other experts get involved, there's brief consideration of the nature of art but what really makes it work is Tim himself, he's a great subject.

Full Review Source: Irish Independent

March 7, 2014
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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"Tim's Vermeer" is about many things - art history, technology, painting technique, beauty - but ultimately it's a beguiling study of fascination.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 6, 2014
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