Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti Reviews

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August 11, 2020
Such shonky rewriting of history - simply to bolster seductive notions of the artist as some kind of intrepid adventurer of the creative spirit - amounts to nothing more than a cynical confidence trick.
August 6, 2020
[It] offers a superficial interpretation of this complex artist, and does not contribute much to a genuine appreciation and understanding of Gauguin or his times.
February 14, 2020
Its focus is not instead on the art, but on the lead's romantic escapades. In the end, the movie offers only simplistic ideas about how art and artists work.
June 11, 2019
We get a good sense of Guaguin's mindset but regrettably, through an uneventful and monotonous narrative. An uninspired trip.
April 18, 2019
An epiphany with no exclamation marks. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 24, 2018
Neat and neat is the best thing you can say about this biographical drama. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 5, 2018
[Director] Edouard Deluc... does not go beyond the usual hagiographic profile of an artist misunderstood by the world he lived in. [Full review in Spanish]
September 25, 2018
Deluc and his three cowriters acknowledge the postcolonial thorniness of the situation, yet they fail to explore it.
August 25, 2018
Deluc's trouble begins with an adapted screenplay which seems more inclined towards a travelogue.
July 13, 2018
... glosses over Gauguin's character flaws as an apparent sympathy ploy, and also lacks sufficient insight into the creative process.
Top Critic
July 13, 2018
The film has beautiful cinematography and occasional peaks of high drama, but lacks the kind of significant tempo necessary to sustain enough interest for nearly two hours to keep a viewer focused.
July 11, 2018
The film is beautiful in spots, and features a believably tormented performance by Vincent Cassel as Gauguin, but unfortunately it has only a hazy idea of what it wants to be about.
July 10, 2018
Content to be yet another great-man biopic, the movie would rather sanitize than probe.
July 9, 2018
Gauguin represents for the film no less an ideal Romantic subject than the Polynesians represented for the painter himself: penniless, chronically ill, and living in self-imposed isolation—the very embodiment of the suffering artist.
July 5, 2018
A moderately satisfying biopic... Whatever satisfactions it affords, however, are compromised by the movie's evasions of the supposed truth.
June 4, 2018
Despite Cassell's committed performance, Gauguin doesn't really add much to (or subtract much from) an already threadbare myth.
June 1, 2018
Gauguin has relatively little to say about the paintings of Paul Gauguin, or even about the man himself...
May 31, 2018
The script must have had a lot of empty white space. This is a truly boring movie, in which barely anything happens.
December 21, 2017
Edouard Deluc's account of Paul Gauguin's first expedition to French Polynesia doesn't just gloss over the artist's flaws, it airbrushes them out of a story that bears little resemblance to reality.
November 3, 2017
Vincent Cassel lays on the tortured-artist schtick extra-thick in this ultimately tedious French-language portrait of the artist Paul Gauguin.
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