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Tim's Vermeer Reviews

March 6, 2014
"Tim's Vermeer" is about many things - art history, technology, painting technique, beauty - but ultimately it's a beguiling study of fascination.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 6, 2014
We should never forget that Penn and Teller are professional bamboozlers, and their attempt to re-frame the definition of genius might be nothing but smoke and mirrors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 28, 2014
Unexpectedly dazzling.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 28, 2014
Tim's Vermeer is film as forensics, bringing math and science to bear to solve an art-world mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 27, 2014
"Tim's Vermeer" is a movie for people who like to think, who like to ponder the big questions surrounding art and the act of creation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 21, 2014
Mostly it is fascinating and compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 20, 2014
You might think that following this insanely ambitious DIY project would be like watching paint dry. Wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 20, 2014
Some movies are great because of their artistry; "Tim's Vermeer" achieves greatness - OK, semi-greatness - by placing the act of artistic creation itself under a microscope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 13, 2014
"Tim's Vermeer" makes a convincing case that Vermeer could have painted the way Jenison says he did. It also makes a pretty powerful ancillary point: that some people are both geniuses and geeks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 13, 2014
"Tim's Vermeer" is a diverting 80-minute account of one man's mission to explore the Vermeer optics theory in detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 10, 2014
As mechanical as the procedure it depicts.
January 31, 2014
Art purists can relax since [inventor Tim] Jenison, a video wiz with little talent for painting, never really challenges Vermeer's genius for conception and composition. Technology is the thing at issue here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 31, 2014
The movie is straightforward, brisk, engaging, and sometimes even moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 30, 2014
Teller, the quiet half of the iconoclastic magic act Penn and Teller, crafts a captivating documentary portrait of the artist as a tinkerer.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 30, 2014
Shooting in unattractive, hard-edge digital, Teller condenses Mr. Jenison's years-long pursuit into 80 glib, alternately diverting, exasperating and tedious minutes.
January 30, 2014
A fascinating documentary that poses a compelling aesthetic query: did 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer use optical devices to achieve his gorgeously photo-realistic, light-filled artwork?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 30, 2014
"Tim's Vermeer," a fascinating documentary by the comic magicians Penn & Teller, has a way of arousing passionate feelings while provoking fresh ideas about the porous border between technology and art.
January 28, 2014
The film - an ode to craftsmanship - establishes without a doubt that many of the traits we reserve for other fields - dedication, ingenuity - are also inherent to the artistic process. Ta-da.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 27, 2014
A captivating look at a high-tech inventor who presumes to replicate the work of a great painter.
January 8, 2014
An exquisitely fun documentary that hits on a profound aesthetic question, one first posed in 2001 by David Hockney: Did the 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer use optical devices to achieve his visual poetics of light?
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 12, 2013
A fascinating new documentary about art, obsessions, ideas and answers.
December 6, 2013
[A] highly entertaining documentary ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 6, 2013
The movie's painstaking attention to detail certainly puts you in mind of Vermeer's own, but even halfway through its short length it's easy to get restless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 6, 2013
Do we even want to see a movie arguing that the work of one of the greatest artists of all time could be re-created by a dude with some mirrors and no actual ability to paint? I'm not sure. But Tim's Vermeer has more on its mind than that.
December 5, 2013
What Tim's Vermeer is really about is two geniuses, of very different sorts, communing across time and space.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
December 5, 2013
The process of putting those three-dimensional objects on canvas in natural light is so fascinating that no one's going to make jokes about watching paint dry - though at one point the film is literally about watching paint dry. And then applying varnish.
December 5, 2013
The result is cool and semi-comical, but also serious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 4, 2013
Tim's finished Vermeer may resemble the real thing, but Tim's Vermeer never tackles the true mystery of why the latter is actually incomparable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 3, 2013
The charm of the whole enterprise wears off even before this movie's trim 80 minutes are up.
September 14, 2013
The result astonishes. A fascinating, funny and inspiring story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2013
The most fun you'll have watching paint dry all year.
September 13, 2013
It's a cool hypothesis, catnip for art-history buffs, but it can't quite sustain feature length.
Read More | Original Score: b-
September 13, 2013
Whether or not Jenison becomes an artist in the process of his quest, there's no doubting that his commitment to creating art is a creative end unto itself.
Full Review | Original Score: b+
September 13, 2013
Penn and Teller's uncanny crowdpleaser begs the question, is it still a masterpiece if an amateur could do it?