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Museum Hours Reviews

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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
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 6, 2014
Amid all the looking and dissection, Cohen demonstrates an understanding of the individual need for increasingly elusive privacy that feels urgent, wistful, and quaint.
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
November 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 14, 2013
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.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
October 9, 2013
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.
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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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Rob Nelson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 12, 2013
Cohen's spare but spectacularly visualized film follows a pair of middle-aged strangers who meet in a Viennese art museum and proceed to walk and talk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
September 4, 2013
Its encouragement to let ourselves be captivated by everyday humanity as well as the old masters is both richly illuminating and quirkily endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 29, 2013
An enthralling and sometimes droll meditation on life, art and mortality, not to mention Internet porn and its influence on modern art.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 15, 2013
"Museum Hours" is every bit as masterfully conceived and executed as the art works that serve as the film's lively cast of supporting characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2013
Difficult to describe but not to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 1, 2013
A lot of it works, some of it doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
July 18, 2013
One of the world's great art museums, the Kunsthistoriches is the true star of the movie "Museum Hours."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 5, 2013
It's a hybrid drama/art-history essay about how looking at art recasts our experience of looking at the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 1, 2013
It finds the time to look at looking, and to offer a slow revelation: to the lonely and the stranded, it is art that feels like home.
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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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 27, 2013
This movie is rigorously and intensely lifelike, which is to say that it's also a strange and moving work of art.
| Original Score: 5/5
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June 27, 2013
Ultimately, the movie's easygoing narrative turns to loss, but without melodrama. An awareness of life and art offers perspective, and perhaps a measure of consolation.
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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+
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David Fear
Time Out
June 25, 2013
The real strength of Cohen's occasionally didactic drama ... is in the way the film redirects your focus to the periphery and reminds you of the richness that resides there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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 ...
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
June 25, 2013
A powerfully contemplative look at the transformative ability of all art.
Full Review | Original Score: A-