Tim's Vermeer Reviews

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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.
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.
February 28, 2014
Unexpectedly dazzling.
February 28, 2014
Tim's Vermeer is film as forensics, bringing math and science to bear to solve an art-world mystery.
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.
February 21, 2014
Mostly it is fascinating and compelling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 31, 2014
The movie is straightforward, brisk, engaging, and sometimes even moving.
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.
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?
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.
January 27, 2014
A captivating look at a high-tech inventor who presumes to replicate the work of a great painter.
January 17, 2014
An important doc that quietly slips out of mind but that will always be an impressive achievement.
January 17, 2014
A bizarre, moving and witty how-dunnit that makes you look twice at the work of Johannes Vermeer.
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