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Hoogendijk breathes life into this compelling reality drama.
If nothing else, patience has rewarded Hoogendijk and moviegoers with an inside look at an art administration without common sense.
Unexpectedly, it works.
Suspense is modest as world-famous artworks are finally installed.
No one survives unscathed, but the most pitiable figures here are the world-class architects who designed the elegant new structures and displays, then watched helplessly as their bold work was watered down.
The film is enthralling, despite a few too many shots of mud puddles on the construction site and slow pans over the roof.
A weirdly watchable glimpse at the agonizingly long process of getting anything accomplished in The Netherlands.
How do you properly "restore" a site dedicated to preserving and displaying centuries of culture and history? [The film] details this impossible task, and it's thrilling.
Unsurprisingly, tedious boardroom meetings are as tedious to watch as to participate in.
It most potently strikes the tone of an elegy, pensively observing that beneath the bickering in museum boardrooms lies a massive treasure trove of art history that's being kept from the public's eye.
An exhaustingly long but ultimately worthwhile doc with a great, deserving subject at its center: one of the world's great museums, undergoing an overhaul.
While the movie isn't a consistently riveting four hours, Hoogendijk does keep finding images and moments that demystify the museum business while making the art seem all the more magical.
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