At Eternity's Gate Reviews

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January 29, 2020
At Eternity's Gate seemed to have been shot through the grimmest Instagram filter, a mournful elegy and a long whine that Philistines don't understand the True Nature Of Art. It's abstract and exclusive.
April 16, 2019
Willem Dafoe needs a better vessel for this performance.
March 28, 2019
Everyone's fighting a script, credited in part to Buñuel's great collaborator Jean-Claude Carrière, that is chronologically antsy to an alienating degree.
March 27, 2019
Schnabel seems unsure as to whether he wants the audience to be enamoured with Van Gogh, or find him as insufferable as the other citizens of his adopted hometown of Arles. It didn't take long for me to settle on the latter.
March 26, 2019
Immersion here begets motion sickness, as Schnabel favours sporadic and impulsive moments in the place of fluid storytelling.
March 26, 2019
Clumsy and tiresome, playing into outdated ideas about mental health.
March 5, 2019
...a superfluous biopic and a tedious experience slightly elevated by Dafoe's acting efforts.
March 1, 2019
The film that Julian Schnabel proposes barely moves forward sick with its own auto-indulgence. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 1, 2019
A feature film that, seeking to reclaim the figure of the Dutchman, ends up burying him when the film shows itself more in love with the film than with the painter who gives his name to the title. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 27, 2019
What's so odd about today is the way people love bad art with such boundless enthusiasm.
February 22, 2019
Elegantly aimless direction of Julian Schnabel, who doesn't seem interested in deviating from the party line on van Gogh as a loner, a loon, a late bloomer and a lost cause.
February 16, 2019
I began to wonder if Schnabel was pioneering a daring new theory that Van Gogh actually bored himself to death.
January 30, 2019
It comes off as hagiographic, tamping down van Gogh's dark side so that he can fill out the "tortured artist" trope to the letter.
January 18, 2019
The camera work seems to be used as a metaphor for Van Gogh's descent into madness, visually expressing his manic states by jostling the camera to the point of causing motion sickness in the viewer. Willem Defoe, however, is in top form.
January 4, 2019
At Eternity's Gate is not a bad film, but it is not an outstanding one either.
January 1, 2019
Dafoe crackles with an electric instability ... but the film itself presents no new information, nor offers any particularly fresh interpretation of Van Gogh or his work.
December 18, 2018
Fans of Vincent van Gogh who have been clamoring for a lifeless, inert biopic, your prayers are answered!
December 17, 2018
Whilst close-ups of Dafoe's face, and wobbly point of view shots serve to convey inner struggle, if you go in unaware of the artist's life and work, it's tough to know what's going on, without knowing what's gone before.
December 12, 2018
For all of Schnabel's determined technique, nothing in his movie ever quite achieves the emotional clarity of a single Van Gogh painting.
December 7, 2018
This is very much an artist lovingly commemorating an artist he holds dear [and in that regard] quite possibly more a film about Schnabel himself than Van Gogh.
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