At Eternity's Gate (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Led by mesmerizing work from Willem Dafoe in the central role, At Eternity's Gate intriguingly imagines Vincent Van Gogh's troubled final days.

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Academy Award (R) Nominee Julian Schnabel's At Eternity's Gate is a journey inside the world and mind of a person who, despite skepticism, ridicule and illness, created some of the world's most beloved and stunning works of art. This is not a forensic biography, but rather scenes based on Vincent van Gogh's (Academy Award (R) Nominee Willem Dafoe) letters, common agreement about events in his life that present as facts, hearsay, and moments that are just plain invented.

Cast

Willem Dafoe
as Vincent Van Gogh
Mads Mikkelsen
as The Priest
Emmanuelle Seigner
as Madame Ginoux
Amira Casar
as Johanna Van Gogh
Oscar Isaac
as Paul Gauguin
Rupert Friend
as Theo Van Gogh
Mathieu Amalric
as Dr. Paul Gachet
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Critic Reviews for At Eternity's Gate

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (26)

Dafoe fully commits to his performance, as does Schnabel to the painter's vision and humanity.

Nov 25, 2018 | Full Review…

At Eternity's Gate mainly succeeds, dusting off a century's worth of global celebrity to both animate a suffering soul and rescue a radical artistic mission from the museum gift shop.

Nov 25, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a story both ecstatic and tragic, and Schnabel is more interested in the former than the latter.

Nov 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Dafoe adds another masterful performance to his resume; his work here is as deep and as piercing as his performance in "The Last Temptation of Christ" more than 30 years ago.

Nov 21, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Dafoe may be the best actor around for expressing an inner life in extremis.

Nov 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Dafoe's elegiac quality hints at why the artist was ahead of his time: because he saw more than anyone else could. It's a towering performance in a movie that casts a magnetic spell.

Nov 20, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for At Eternity's Gate

Every year there is one end-of-year prestige film by a director who has done notable, but somewhat under-the-radar work previously that I have no idea about given I haven't seen any of that under-the-radar work and this year that director is Julian Schnabel. "Now I just think about my relationship to eternity." It's easy to appreciate what Schnabel was going for in At Eternity's Gate, his introspective portrait of Vincent van Gogh (Willem Dafoe), but I just had a more enlightening and emotionally affecting discussion about mortality with my four-year-old. Observes, but adds little to the conversation.

Philip Price
Philip Price

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