Girl With a Pearl Earring - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Girl With a Pearl Earring Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 29, 2004
It all adds up to one long, slow -- but very pretty -- bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
December 3, 2003
Like the painting it was inspired by, it is nice to look at, but not for 90 minutes straight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 16, 2004
Dryer than a Tucson winter.
| Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
February 4, 2004
Dazzles the eye while dulling the senses. It is as gorgeous as a painting, and almost as motionless.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Victoria Alexander
February 1, 2004
It's like watching [fine art] paint dry.
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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
January 29, 2004
The picture itself is gorgeously realized and richly atmospheric, but the subjects within the frame remain still lives.
Joshua Tyler
December 7, 2003
The film lacks soul and no amount of floor scrubbing minutiae is going to give you that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Christopher Null
December 9, 2003
Earring makes a play as an intense tale of love gone wrong amidst a period backdrop. Too bad that kind of intensity rarely comes across in a movie rated PG-13.
| Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
December 12, 2003
A movie of small charms and sumptuous malaise. Even if you can appreciate its elaborate posing, there's never a lavish emotionalism which sweeps you along.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
January 5, 2004
Lavish but unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
December 11, 2003
An earnest, obvious melodrama with no soul, filled with the longing silences that come after a sigh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 12, 2003
It's meant to deliver conflict and characters, motivation and crisis. Instead it delivers period details, pretty scenery, interesting landscapes and elegant still lifes.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
December 16, 2003
You've never seen so many people talking and walking so slowly or registering their emotions so unblinkingly.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
December 26, 2003
This is one of those fit-for-framing productions that screams, 'Look at me! Look at me! Don't bother with what's beneath the surface.'
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 22, 2004
A virtual ricochet-fest of eyeball action. Those looks, those glares, those gapes, those gawks!
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 19, 2003
A lesson in interesting cinematography, but not in great movie-making - the characters are like still-life figures with no soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
John A. Nesbit
December 9, 2003
captures the look and feel of Johannes Vermeer's 17th century masterpieces ... but the plot languishes on the screen about as long as it takes Vermeer's oils to dry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
January 30, 2004
The quietly tense dilemma crawls along, moving as rapidly as a portrait nailed to a wall.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Phil Hall
Film Threat
December 1, 2003
Visually stunning, but the dull storyline is (pardon the expression) as exciting to watch as paint drying.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative
September 30, 2004
Girl gives us a vividly painted world but only patchily drawn characters - in that sense, it gets Vermeer only half right
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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