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Girl With a Pearl Earring Reviews

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 30, 2004
Working from an intelligent, understated screenplay by Olivia Hetreed, director Peter Webber (an acclaimed documentarian) proceeds with a stunning assurance.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 30, 2004
Lavish attention to historical detail, the thorough immersion in this unusual world and Johansson's impressive performance make Girl With a Pearl Earring memorable but not a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
January 29, 2004
A feast for the eyes.
| Original Score: 4/5
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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!
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 21, 2004
A rare and elegant film bathed in the kind of soft, delicate light that can build unexpectedly to feelings of both anxiety and bliss.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 16, 2004
The picture is simply ravishing, but at times it falls prey to its own contemplations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 16, 2004
Girl With A Pearl Earring is one of those quiet, restrained films that softly haunts the viewer for weeks afterward. It won't knock you over, but it won't soon leave you either.
| Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 16, 2004
Beautifully lit, designed and photographed, it is, like much of the Dutch master's work, more to be admired than emotionally embraced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 16, 2004
Girl With a Pearl Earring brilliantly captures the texture of ordinary life.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 16, 2004
To earn its props, a period film must resonate in our time. A movie about art doubles that demand. Webber has delivered the goods and then some.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 16, 2004
An extraordinary embodiment of the period, [Johansson] looks to have stepped right into a Vermeer frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 15, 2004
We're left wishing for more insight into the people and less into the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 15, 2004
It's a striking experience of light, color and composition. But it's also somewhat stifling.
| Original Score: B-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 12, 2004
For the first time in her brilliant young career, Scarlett Johansson is the centerpiece of a film -- and she carries it mostly through her wonderfully expressive face.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 9, 2004
First-time director Peter Webber and cinematographer Eduardo Serra nearly make up for the biopic blather by lighting the film so exquisitely that each frame looks like a Vermeer.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 9, 2004
Webber makes a confident if torpid debut here.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 9, 2004
If the scope of the film feels small, Girl With a Pearl Earring fills that scope to bursting with subtle glory.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 9, 2004
Both lovely to look at and intriguing to hold in the mind.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 9, 2004
Nearly every shot is suitable for framing.
| Original Score: B
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 9, 2004
Dancing on the edge of dullness, Girl is continually saved by the look of things.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 8, 2004
Like the painting itself and the young woman who inspired it, Girl With a Pearl Earring is a quiet jewel.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
December 26, 2003
The movie offers tantalizing glimpses of the leaded glass windows, rich mosaic fabrics and cobbled streets immortalized in his work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 26, 2003
I can think of many ways the film could have gone wrong, but it goes right, because it doesn't cook up melodrama and romantic intrigue but tells a story that's content with its simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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.'
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
December 23, 2003
With concision and well-chosen detail, Peter Webber's exceedingly accomplished first feature beautifully evokes the world the artist inhabited 340 years ago while deftly and discreetly delineating the personal intrigue within his teeming household.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 18, 2003
Seems to have been made to appeal to viewers who believe that a prestigious painting is infinitely more important than a mere movie that celebrates the exalted existence of this painting.
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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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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 16, 2003
Pretty much the whole movie is a series of poses, static and uninvolving, except for cinematographer Eduardo Serra's lighting, which makes everything look convincingly Vermeer-ish
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
December 13, 2003
Vermeer's famous painting comes semi-alive in this stultifyingly tasteful adaptation of a ludicrous book. Go to the museum instead.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 12, 2003
A rich gem expertly told in a surprisingly scant 95 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
December 12, 2003
It would be hard to overpraise Johansson -- who could hardly look more perfect for the part -- for her extraordinary ability to convey so much emotion with so few words.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
December 12, 2003
Like stepping inside a Vermeer painting. The light, color and composition are eerily perfect.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 11, 2003
Even if Girl With a Pearl Earring is not nearly as remarkable dramatically as it is visually, it is, finally, a film of great beauty, and that is something worth appreciating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 11, 2003
Visually, the film is breathtaking. And Johansson, while not looking much like the Girl with the Pearl, does achieve a Vermeer- like sublimity, against which the ill winds of 1600s Holland blow.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
December 10, 2003
A slight but considerably enchanting tale of impossible romance and artistic discovery.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 9, 2003
Offers sumptuous visuals and compelling drama effectively intermingled in a pleasing, satisfying production.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 9, 2003
As the imaginary historical subject, Johansson holds her frequent close-ups with considerable authority.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 4, 2003
[Johansson] gives a nearly silent performance, yet the interplay on her face of fear, ignorance, curiosity, and sex is intensely dramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 11, 2003
The movie takes us deep into the intimate realms of artistic inspiration.