Museum Hours 2013

Museum Hours

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Its languid pace may frustrate some viewers, but for patient filmgoers, Museum Hours offers a carefully observed portrait of the human condition.

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A Vienna museum guard befriends a visitor, and the two explore their lives, the city and the ways artwork reflects the world.

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Critic Reviews for Museum Hours

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (66) | Rotten (4)

  • Sommer is perfect. So is O'Hara. This is the "Before Sunrise" for a very different (and platonic) pair of individuals.

    March 6, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Amid all the looking and dissection, Cohen demonstrates an understanding of the individual need for increasingly elusive privacy that feels urgent, wistful, and quaint.

    January 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The quiet time that Johann and Anne spend during museum hours -- and after his shifts on trips around the city -- offer solace in their mutual solitude. Museum Hours is an introverted companion for its viewers.

    November 15, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The two leads contribute fresh, genuine performances, and what might have been a musty academic exercise gains in tension from Cohen's deft juxtaposing of vocal narration, character detail, and majestic artwork.

    November 14, 2013 | Full Review…
  • It's as if Cohen had lived for centuries among these places, and sometimes with art that encapsulates these centuries, and is pleasantly imprisoned within its strength.

    October 9, 2013 | Full Review…
  • It has its tedium, but it's not bad. At times, it's actually quite good.

    September 19, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Museum Hours

  • Dec 16, 2013
    A museum guard at the Kunsthistorisches befriends a middle aged Canadian woman who has come to Vienna to visit a dying relative. This slow, abstract and contemplative movie won't be to everyone's taste; the best thing I can say about it is that it makes me want to go on vacation, visit an art museum and make a friend in a foreign country.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2013
    There is a magnificent stillness in this love letter to the Kunsthistoriches Museum, and it turns around a very realistic and beautifully mundane circumstance: a surprise friendship in middle age that helps make an uncomfortable situation bearable, maybe even fun. Unorthodox film that's very slow and considered but not laborious. A fine work of art.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2013
    It is one thing for a movie to rhapsodize about the importance of small details not only in life but also in art, especially that of Pieter Bruegel. And then you have a movie like "Museum Hours" which takes it a step further in not being able to see the forest for the trees and concentrates on the activities of a solitary squirrel to the detriment of everything else. Which might not be a huge problem if there was anything going on in the foreground. What little we have here concerns Johann(Bobby Sommer), once a road manager for bands, who now works as a security guard in the fine arts museum in Vienna. In his spare time, he listens to AC/DC and plays online poker. That leaves plenty of time to hang out with Anne(Mary Margaret O'Hara) who is in town from Montreal to care for an ailing relative in a coma. Since she has little money, their options are limited. But getting her a museum pass proves to be little trouble. But the movie gets bored with that, going off on random tangents and even throwing in a few naked bodies at one point to see if anybody is even paying attention anymore, much less still have a pulse.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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