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Museum Hours Reviews

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Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
September 12, 2013
What should have been a beautiful, contemplative piece of art, ends up being a self-indulgent bore. You'd be much better off going to your local art museum than sitting through this reject of an art film.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
September 19, 2013
It has its tedium, but it's not bad. At times, it's actually quite good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
July 4, 2013
The languid pace, long silences and lack of purpose and dramatic tension will leave some looking at their watches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
September 16, 2013
Critics have been more than kind to Museum Hours, respectful of its sleepy intellectualism in a 2013 summer of brainless action flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2
Anna Tatarska
Movie Mezzanine
March 13, 2014
When Cohen's film is over and the lights go out, the world is not the same anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 5, 2013
Museum Hours is a grand, profound and exceptionally beautiful love letter to museums and the wealth of culture that can be found in everyday life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post
July 11, 2013
It peers into the twin galleries of art and life, and in particular follows the brief intersection of lives between a security guard (Bobby Sommer) and Anne, one of the museum's regular visitors (Mary Margaret O'Hara).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 28, 2013
The film shows how quiet exteriors can mask deep interior lives, and how art feeds those lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tara Brady
Irish Times
September 6, 2013
It sits uncomfortably as a weird in-between facsimile, as though we're being asked to study postcard reproductions of great artworks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Calum Marsh
Village Voice
June 25, 2013
Museum Hours, despite that almost documentary-like distance, in fact expresses a thoroughly subjective experience ...
Isabel Stevens
Sight and Sound
June 15, 2016
Emotion is often considered the enemy by experimental filmmakers, but Cohen's films depend on it.
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June 27, 2013
Museum Hours is less interested in plot than in using its characters as a way to give ideas shape and voice; however, because their performances are natural and improvisatory, the movie never seems didactic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
June 24, 2013
Jem Cohen's film finds its most salient tension in the fraught relationship between known and unknown objects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
July 4, 2013
It's lovely but lulling, and for a movie in which little happens, oddly predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 6, 2014
Sommer is perfect. So is O'Hara. This is the "Before Sunrise" for a very different (and platonic) pair of individuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Andrew Schenker
Little White Lies
September 5, 2013
A look around Vienna's legendary gallery provides some unexpectedly enlightening moments.
| Original Score: 4/5
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
September 13, 2013
The result is an experience not unlike going to a museum itself: a chance to peruse wondrous things in a sacred space. For an evening, a movie theater becomes a place where art and life become beautifully entangled.
| Original Score: A-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 26, 2013
Calm entertainment.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
September 20, 2013
A contemplative experimental drama, it also invites moviegoers to take a deep breath, to relax, and to float along in its leisurely exploration of leisurely exploration.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Grierson
Paste Magazine
August 7, 2013
"Museum Hours" is less about individuals than it is about collective experiences -- how we all take part in life's broad canvas.
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