Final Portrait (2018)


Critic Consensus: Final Portrait finds writer-director Stanley Tucci patiently telling a quietly absorbing story, brought to life by a talented ensemble led by Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer.


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FINAL PORTRAIT is the story of the touching and offbeat friendship between American writer and art-lover James Lord and Alberto Giacometti, as seen through Lord's eyes and revealing unique insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and sometimes the chaos of the artistic process. Set in 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, Lord is asked by his friend, Giacometti, to sit for a portrait. The process, promises Giacometti, will take only a few days and so Lord agrees -ultimately wondering "how much longer can it go on like this?"

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Geoffrey Rush
as Alberto Giacometti
Armie Hammer
as James Lord
Tony Shalhoub
as Diego Giacometti

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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.

Apr 19, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Working from his own screenplay, Stanley Tucci (best known as an actor) delivers a character study that's low on character development.

Apr 13, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This movie is, literally, about watching paint dry - but Tucci and the cast find a world of detail and nuance.

Apr 11, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The rare biopic of a visual artist that considers the dilemma of the art more seriously than it considers the drama of the life.

Apr 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 5, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

We get a vivid image of Giacometti, but after a time the film leaves us starving for some variety, too.

Apr 5, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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