Museum Hours Reviews

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August 22, 2019
The film's effect is much like a an actual visit to a museum, a stiff whiff of cultural pretense that becomes a sense of quiet awe and wonder.
August 7, 2019
[A] sublime and quietly engrossing exploration of the power of art to bind people together across the ages.
April 15, 2019
Cohen examines the skill of looking-looking at art, looking at film, looking at the world around you. He observes the art, and we observe his art, watching intently as he films intently.
February 22, 2019
Museum Hours offers neither a city symphony nor a love story but a serenely eccentric way of looking.
August 23, 2018
Cohen has balanced both the head and heart, producing a serene quality that feels like a lazy Sunday afternoon strolling off the streets into an art gallery.
October 2, 2017
"Kunsthistorisches. It's the big old one."... neatly sums up the film's warm, casual attitude toward weighty cultural institutions while serving as a way of reframing formerly perceived paragons of elitism in a more democratic manner.
June 15, 2016
Emotion is often considered the enemy by experimental filmmakers, but Cohen's films depend on it.
March 13, 2014
When Cohen's film is over and the lights go out, the world is not the same anymore.
March 6, 2014
Sommer is perfect. So is O'Hara. This is the "Before Sunrise" for a very different (and platonic) pair of individuals.
January 20, 2014
A Chris Marker kind of exceptional experimental film that sets its sights on observing art, the landscape, people, Vienna and our sense of being.
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.
December 19, 2013
Cohen's simple, masterful film considers how we anoint value.
December 18, 2013
...encourages you to see the aesthetic potential of everything around you, including each frame that appears on the screen.
December 2, 2013
This goes on for more than two hours and will bore some viewers to death. Others, though, will find this quiet, complex film a fascinating piece of art in itself.
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.
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.
November 14, 2013
Great art has the power to comment on life's issues - sex, death, parenthood, religion, etc. - and Cohen uses the power of the still image to construct a film of moving ones with power of its own.
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.
October 2, 2013
As we learn how to look at the Kunsthistorisches' masterpieces, we're also learning how to watch this movie. ... And better: we're learning how to look at our lives.
September 27, 2013
Museum Hours is one of those artsy-fartsy meditations on life that you see sometimes in the better cinemas. The good news is it turns out to be more artsy than fartsy: There's plenty to think about here.
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