Klimt (2005)



Critic Consensus: Klimt is handsomely filmed, but the blurred storyline and substandard performances prove its undoing.

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"Klimt" examines the last years of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt's life, from 1900 to 1918.
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John Malkovich
as Gustav Klimt
Veronica Ferres
as Emilie Flöge
Saffron Burrows
as Lea de Castro
Stephen Dillane
as Secretary
Georgia Reeve
as Lea de Castro double [stand in]
Sandra Ceccarelli
as Serena Lederer
Annemarie Düringer
as Klimt's Mother
Paul Hilton (II)
as Duke Octave Herzog
Joachim Bissmeier
as Hugo Moritz
Ernst Stötzner
as Minister Hartl
Nikolai Kinski
as Egon Schiele
Irina Wanka
as Berta Zuckerkandl
Florentin Groll
as Messerschmidt
Gunther Gillian
as Georges Méliès
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Critic Reviews for Klimt

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (12)

John Malkovich has virtually cornered the market on portraying aesthetes in the thrall of demonic visions. Klimt adds to his gallery of elegant monsters.

October 16, 2007
New York Times
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A good bio of any historical character has to have a compelling story, whether evil or good. Klimt appears to have had that story. I sure would have liked to know what it was.

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
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Ruiz is terrific in evoking a heady atmosphere of ornate fin de siecle decadence, and Malkovich is ideally cast as a coolly intellectual, free-thinking, free-living aesthete...

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
Los Angeles Times
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Ruiz is so intent on harnessing the painter to his own -- here, rather arid -- relativism that he never manages to convey the unfettered eros that brings crowds flocking to exhibitions of Klimt's work, even as critics hold their noses.

August 30, 2007
L.A. Weekly
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[It's] an eyeful.

Full Review… | August 30, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Klimt comes across as a lovely but unfathomable object, and an inadvertent case study in the argument for the ultimate integrity of Klimt's art.

Full Review… | August 10, 2007
Toronto Star
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Audience Reviews for Klimt


A modern Fellini-like movie in it's artistic weirdness at points. I was annoyed at the soundtrack interfering with the dialogue, not sure if it was my TV, the DVD or the actual movie itself. Klimt's works are fascinating, & the movie does make a cogent interpretation of the complex genius behind the art.

Augustine Paz
Augustine Paz

Billed as a phantasmagoria rather than a biopic, Klimt falls into the philosophical conundrum it attempts to resurrect -- whether portrait and allegory can coexist. Notwithstanding moments of great beauty, in this case the answer is clearly "no."

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Malkovich is especially great when he plays these arrogant and womanizing artist types, isn't he? The answer is undeniably yes.

Sabra Embury
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