Tim's Vermeer Reviews

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Zach Hollwedel
Under the Radar
September 7, 2014
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 | Original Score: 6.5/10
Eddie Cockrell
The Australian
July 9, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
July 8, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
July 8, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/5
July 5, 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 | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Clift
Concrete Playground
June 30, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
June 17, 2014
A masterpiece of documentary filmmaking
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
June 9, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Daniel Walber
Nonfics
June 5, 2014
A wry, entertaining and very impressive study of a groundbreaking adventure in amateur art history
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 26, 2014
What emerges from this delightful, brief documentary doesn't debunk Vermeer's genius, but certifies it.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
It accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do - nothing more, nothing less.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eric Melin
Lawrence.com
March 22, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
March 20, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Madison Movie
March 14, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
March 14, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 13, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
March 12, 2014
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.
Callie Enlow
Orlando Weekly
March 11, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Aine O'Connor
Irish Independent
March 7, 2014
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.
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 6, 2014
"Tim's Vermeer" is about many things - art history, technology, painting technique, beauty - but ultimately it's a beguiling study of fascination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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