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Pollock Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 25, 2013
a plodding glimpse of the latter part of Jackson Pollock's life
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 27, 2010
Wonderful movie, but for adults and older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
April 19, 2009
In the same way a tap dancer innately understands the percolating syncopation of all jazz music, Ed Harris identifies character rhythms and physical possibilities in drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
Many films about artists indulge opportunities to depict people behaving recklessly. Harris seems more interested in showing us the nature of creativity.
| Original Score: B+
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
August 4, 2004
Not a review, but an Interview with Ed Harris, who discusses Pollock among other roles.
Michael Dequina
December 8, 2002
Passion can easily lead to self-indulgence, and that is certainly the unfortunate case here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
You can decide for yourself if Pollock was a great artist. He wasn't such a great man, but at least he got a pretty good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 26, 2002
More than a straightforward biography charting Jackson Pollock's rise to prominence, Ed Harris' film is a penetrating study of the work ethic as it applied to one of America's great post-war painters.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Harris has created an enduring portrait of this man, self-destructive, violent and difficult, who changed the face of American abstract expressionism.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
If ever there were an artist to prove that the art is bigger than the artist, it was Jackson Pollock. Like him, this film embraces pain and chaos and self-loathing and returns beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
Harris as an actor does justice to his long-term passion to play Pollock.
Michael Bracewell
Sight and Sound
August 8, 2002
It tracks a mythology of creativity which runs from Caravaggio to Patti Smith, and is running still, unended.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
June 21, 2002
...can't ever seem to find its way out of Denis Leary's all-purpose tortured artist biopic template: 'I'm drunk, I'm nobody. I'm drunk, I'm famous. I'm drunk, I'm dead.'
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 15, 2002
Harris spent most of the past 10 years trying to bring Pollock's story to the screen, and his passion is evident in nearly every scene of the film.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 13, 2002
Harden deserves recognition more than her co-stars, if only because she creates the sole sympathetic character.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
June 10, 2002
Only seems straightforward because the complexity of its relationships and intelligence of its details have been handled with such ease.
| Original Score: 3/4
Collin Souter
May 25, 2002
Most of Pollock, save for the last act, feels refreshingly different from most other bio-pics. Outstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeremiah Kipp
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
Jackson Pollock may have been the wild beast who broke through the ice, but Ed Harris proves to be a tame animal indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Daniel Papkin
April 16, 2001
The honesty and integrity that have always distinguished Harris' acting are reflected in every element of this extraordinary film.
Neil Smith
April 16, 2001
A highly personal, rigorous, and thoughtful analysis of a truly troubled genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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