Tim's Vermeer Reviews

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August 7, 2019
The film is a fascinating inquiry, but over time it becomes even more intriguing as a Herzog-like portrait of one man's crazy obsession, and just how far he will go to fulfill it.
August 7, 2019
While the filmmakers were clearly going for a more lighthearted tone at times, it often seems at odds with what's actually going on.
April 3, 2019
Despite Jenison's soft-spoken nature and Teller's unadorned style, the film is wildly entertaining and thought-provoking, and it awakens a giddy, childlike sense of discovery and curiosity few films manage to capture.
December 11, 2018
Tim's Vermeer shares similarities with other recent art-mystery docs like Who The #$&% Is Jackson Pollock and My Kid Could Paint That, both of which dare to question the perceived truths held dear by art world elites.
November 22, 2018
Every bit the magic trick that Penn & Teller are known for conjuring, except in seeing Tim apply one precise brushstroke after another, there's no question as to how it's done, though there still remains a great deal of wonder.
September 6, 2017
As a portrait of one man's all-consuming persistence alone, it's astonishing.
August 15, 2017
[Tim] Jenison's perseverance and singular vision keep the film engaging.
March 10, 2017
But the doc is worth a look for Jenison himself-a calm, engaging presence whose success you root for-and for its back half, which shows the process he goes through to recreate the setting of Vermeer's The Music Lesson.
September 7, 2014
Tim's Vermeer refers not just to the replica Vermeer he seeks to paint, but to his understanding of who Vermeer was and how he accomplished his work.
July 9, 2014
Perhaps the ultimate take-away from Tim's Vermeer is the unquenchable curiosity of certain people, albeit those with the money to finance that inquisitiveness, to get to the bottom of history's mysteries. In that respect, Jenison is an artist.
July 8, 2014
The lengths to which Jenison goes to ensure he is working with the same tools, limitations and liberties that were available to Vermeer are nothing short of gobsmacking.
July 8, 2014
What it turns out to actually be about is Tim Jenison, and what it means to be a member of the new (techno) rich in the United States of the 21st Century.
July 5, 2014
Tim's Vermeer is both enjoyable as entertainment and as an intelligently mounted case study of how art and technology complement, rather than grind against, each other. As Penn eloquently puts it: "The problem is we make that distinction."
June 30, 2014
A lively, intriguing look at the line between artist and inventor, one that challenges the very notion that the distinction should be made at all.
June 17, 2014
A masterpiece of documentary filmmaking
June 9, 2014
I can easily say that this film is more engaging than any action film I've seen of late, which is quite a remarkable achievement.
June 5, 2014
A wry, entertaining and very impressive study of a groundbreaking adventure in amateur art history
May 26, 2014
What emerges from this delightful, brief documentary doesn't debunk Vermeer's genius, but certifies it.
April 8, 2014
It accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do - nothing more, nothing less.
March 28, 2014
Jenison's compulsiveness and ingeniousness are interesting, and his research may prove to have some art-scholarship value, but another impresson is that spending 180 days to reproduce 'The Music Lesson' is a colossal waste of time.
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