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Loving Vincent (2017)



Critic Consensus: Loving Vincent's dazzling visual achievements make this Van Gogh biopic well worth seeking out -- even if its narrative is far less effectively composed.

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This feature-length painted animation -- the first film of its kind -- explores the life and unusual death of Vincent Van Gogh via depictions of his artworks. Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman.


Douglas Booth
as Armand Roulin
Jerome Flynn
as Doctor Paul Gachet
Robert Gulaczyk
as Vincent Van Gogh
Helen McCrory
as Louise Chevalier
Chris O'Dowd
as Postman Roulin
Saoirse Ronan
as Margaret Gachet
John Sessions
as Pere Tanguy
Eleanor Tomlinson
as Adeline Ravoux
Aidan Turner
as Boatman
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All Critics (104) | Top Critics (22)

By adding hand drawing to every moment of the story, the team hoped to add an unusual dimension to the story. They did. It feels unforgivably gimmicky.

October 19, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

"Loving Vincent" is almost too beautiful for its own good; I found myself, too often, so dazzled by the form that I quite forgot about the content.

October 17, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The roiling landscape scenes betray the redundance of animating images that already sizzle with energy, but the portraiture works beautifully, especially because the actors who supply the characters' voices and visages are first-rate.

October 13, 2017 | Full Review…

There's lots of love (and loveliness) on display here: the color paintings are rendered after the manner of the modern master, and there's a stubborn refusal to either glamorize a suffering soul or demonize those who may have helped to seal his fate.

October 13, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It relies on forced exposition to push the story forward and often recalls bad dinner theater, and is certainly the least interesting way to tell van Gogh's tale.

October 13, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Visually, it's spectacular. Conceptually, it's jaw-dropping to simply considering the effort that went into this. The story, however, doesn't always hold its own.

October 12, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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Kind of like an oil painting "A Scanner Darkly" mixed in with a CSI episode, Loving Vincent is visually a stunner that explores the death of the great Van Gogh. Sure it could've been constructed on a computer but it took 150 artist to paint 65 thousand frames to realize this one of a kind gem.(10-14-17)

John C
John C

Super Reviewer


A major effort in the making it must surely be an event to screen, 'Loving Vincent' is a fascinating and truly beautiful animated feature most stunningly of all is that the entire film, frame-by-frame is rotoscoped in the unique and stunning oil paint style of the late painter to tell a compelling, fascinating and heartwarming story about an investigation into the life of the posthumous master painter. Even with authentic settings and a cast of colourful character both figuratively and literally, the film is a hugely investing and outstandingly beautiful film to see, almost verging from the very dramatic plotting to the eye catching surrealist aspect of the art-house sphere this film is fixed within. While it's hard to determine whether or not the mystery of the late painter's death can be explained, especially alongside the historical accuracy aspect of this film, everything else about it from the initial premise alone is enough to recommend to all audiences young and old to experience even well before you could say 'Oscar for Best Animated Film' since the oil work paintings are it's signature look while the feel comes from the technical and written aspects alone. I wish I could give this my perfect grade though something inside me is doubting it figuratively especially along the lines of historical accuracy and overall sustenance.

Luke Eberhardt
Luke Eberhardt

Super Reviewer

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