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April 19, 2018
It's always interesting to ask artists how they know their work is finished. Whatever else goes on this "Final Portrait," Tucci captures that struggle perfectly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 13, 2018
Working from his own screenplay, Stanley Tucci (best known as an actor) delivers a character study that's low on character development.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 11, 2018
This movie is, literally, about watching paint dry - but Tucci and the cast find a world of detail and nuance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 6, 2018
The rare biopic of a visual artist that considers the dilemma of the art more seriously than it considers the drama of the life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 5, 2018
The story doesn't amount to much more than a hill of beans but Tucci manages to make his rumination on the life of an artist slyly amusing and believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 5, 2018
We get a vivid image of Giacometti, but after a time the film leaves us starving for some variety, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 4, 2018
Tucci successfully banishes...cliches in a finely observed character study that possesses the ring of careworn, unprettified truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 30, 2018
As a film, it's well-made and the performances are fine, but it feels slight and thin and inconsequential - quite the opposite of the work Alberto Giacometti left behind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 29, 2018
"Final Portrait" is barely 90 minutes long, which is about right, and several of those minutes are wordless - patient and observant of the artist's surroundings, inquisitive regarding what Giacometti is trying to will into being.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
March 28, 2018
This movie is a meticulous dossier of the artistic process by one man who created it and another man who lived through it. Not your usual bill of fare at the movies, but well worth the patience to make it pay off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 27, 2018
"Final Portrait" is basically just an anecdote about a painting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 23, 2018
A patient, un-presuming 90 minutes that never undertakes being more than the sum of its parts - more baguette than glossy, sugar-crowned croquembouche.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 23, 2018
Tucci takes our collective urge to excuse bad behavior in the name of art, a topic we desperately need to consider right now, but he doesn't really put it under a microscope to see why that happens or how that relationship works.
March 23, 2018
The film's inexplicably grayish palette doesn't do the artist or the artwork any favors, and the action, which mostly takes place in Giacometti's plaster sculpture-strewn studio, is stagey.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 23, 2018
An apt tribute to both the artist and art itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 22, 2018
An involving examination of the creative process itself, of how difficult it can be to move forward with artistic enterprises no matter how gifted you are or how much regard the world holds you in.
March 22, 2018
"Final Portrait" (adapted from Lord's 1965 book, "A Giacometti Portrait") is pretty thin on drama.
March 21, 2018
Stanley Tucci's look at the legendary artist Alberto Giacometti (a live-wire Geoffrey Rush) is a mesmerizing meditation on the mystery of genius and anything but paint by numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2018
Tucci settles in behind the camera with what I imagine to be a tiny smile, savoring the step-by-step process of creation from both his characters and his actors. They're fun to watch.
March 20, 2018
The film captures the outside appearances of an artist at work and then suggests, humbly, that the work inside, the trick of genius, might be so subtle that even the artist can't detect it.
February 17, 2017
As a bit of art-house escapism, that it is a trip well worth taking.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 12, 2017
Makes for a narrative with little consistent forward momentum and an anticlimactic ending, though the film remains agreeable thanks largely to Rush's flavorful performance.
February 12, 2017
In "Final Portrait," Stanley Tucci, directing his first film in 10 years, takes the biopic to an even more exquisitely homespun level of miniature close-up.