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Pollock Reviews

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
Harris as an actor does justice to his long-term passion to play Pollock.
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
April 9, 2001
| Original Score: 4/4
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 23, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 16, 2001
That altogether rare movie about an artist that works because it takes the art itself for granted.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
March 8, 2001
Just -- yes, just -- one more film about that perennially obdurate subject, an artist.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 1, 2001
A difficult and demanding movie, one that rewards the persevering moviegoer just as Pollock's difficult and demanding paintings ultimately reward the steadfast.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
February 23, 2001
Harris ... gives perhaps the performance of his screen career, making the most of his physical resemblance to Pollock while bringing a scary, single-minded intensity to the part.
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Wesley Morris
San Francisco Chronicle
February 23, 2001
A ruddy little movie with a seething core and a chill in its bones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
February 23, 2001
This may not be exactly the movie Pollock deserves, but it's the one he got; and, reservations aside, it's pretty darn good.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
February 23, 2001
Harris' Oscar-nominated performance is quite moving, making Pollock a better movie than the predictability of its story arc would indicate.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
February 23, 2001
Like its subject, Pollock is a messy creation, but one whose depth of commitment and high attack keeps it on track.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 19, 2001
Flat and uninvolving, flash cards from a life but with no life itself.
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February 17, 2001
A series of flashy scenes that work on their own histrionic terms but add up to nothing you can't predict in the first five minutes.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
February 16, 2001
A precise, deliberate movie, so carefully calibrated in its tone and structure that, as a whole, it ends up reading like a completely well-intentioned lack of guts.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 16, 2001
Harris is always a good actor but here seems possessed, as if he had a leap of empathy for Pollock.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 16, 2001
The movie's best moments evoke the thrill of doing something new.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 15, 2001
Ed Harris has always been a great actor in search of a role that could match his haunted intensity, and in Pollock ... he finds it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 15, 2001
It's a fiercely concentrated work, totally committed, somberly truthful.
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David Rooney
Variety
February 7, 2001
Distinguished by its quiet, intelligent, admirably restrained approach and by two finely wrought performances from Harris and Marcia Gay Harden in the leading roles.
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Ebert & Roeper
February 7, 2001
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 7, 2001
A harrowing film, impossible to 'like' in any conventional way, hypnotically impossible to turn away from.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 6, 2001
This is a towering performance of bruising inspiration.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
December 15, 2000
The movie forces you, as few of its kind ever do, to see the fruits and spoils of genius framed against the gritty, banal canvas of normal life.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 15, 2000
There are few more thrilling sights around than watching the great Ed Harris furiously hovering over a canvas in Pollock.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 15, 2000
Stands out among creative bio-pics for an ability to show art being made in a way that's as realistic and exciting as it's ever been on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
December 14, 2000
A passionate, shrewd, and well-cast biopic of 20th-century America's favorite tortured painter.
| Original Score: 63/100
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David D'Arcy
Film.com
December 14, 2000
Brawls and bravado aside, Pollock has the stiffness of an official biography.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
December 14, 2000
Harris's intensity in the role and commitment to it is ferocious.
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Peter Brunette
Film.com
December 14, 2000
It's almost like Pollock has come back from the dead and that we're watching a recently made documentary instead of a fiction film.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 13, 2000
Other than depicting his wild mood swings, there's not too much to this cinematic representation of Pollock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 13, 2000
The pleasure of watching these two superb actors [Harris and Harden] play figures of such stature without a trace of sentimentality is enormous.
| Original Score: 4/5