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Tim's Vermeer Reviews

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Zach Hollwedel
Under the Radar
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Eddie Cockrell
The Australian
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Clift
Concrete Playground
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
June 17, 2014
A masterpiece of documentary filmmaking
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeff Beck
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Daniel Walber
June 5, 2014
A wry, entertaining and very impressive study of a groundbreaking adventure in amateur art history
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 26, 2014
What emerges from this delightful, brief documentary doesn't debunk Vermeer's genius, but certifies it.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
It accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do - nothing more, nothing less.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Kelemen
March 27, 2014
Jenison projects humility, but he can barely hide his need to be perceived as the smartest kid in the room. In the end, the film leans harder towards vanity project than earth-shattering documentary
Full Review | Original Score: 2
Eric Melin
March 22, 2014
The crossroads between technology and art has always been troublesome. Without either, we might not have some of the art world's greatest treasures. Certainly without digital video, we wouldn't have this wonderfully entertaining movie either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
March 20, 2014
It's obvious in hindsight why Penn and Teller would be so drawn to this ethereally beautiful mystery: Their passion for all things seemingly magical, often mechanical, and always amazing is practically their trademark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 16, 2014
One can't help but lament that Jenison is missing the heart of the art -- he SEES but he doesn't FEEL.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
March 14, 2014
Despite the exhausting quest taken up by the documentary's hero, the film doesn't register as inspirational.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Thomas
Madison Movie
March 14, 2014
It's a sophisticated treatise on the intersection between creativity and technology, presented with all the offhand charm of a great tale told over a round of beers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mike Scott
March 14, 2014
Combining enough of the characteristic wiseassery of Penn & Teller with a dose of scholarly research on an age-old art-world mystery, it is at once entertaining and edifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mary Louise Schumacher
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 13, 2014
The documentary, like the project itself, is an indulgent vanity project: friends making a film about a friend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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