Woman in Gold


Woman in Gold

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Woman in Gold benefits from its talented leads, but strong work from Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds isn't enough to overpower a disappointingly dull treatment of a fascinating true story.



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WOMAN IN GOLD is the remarkable true story of one woman's journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt's famous painting 'Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I'. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court, and forces her to confront difficult truths about the past along the way. (C) TWC

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Helen Mirren
as Maria Altmann
Ryan Reynolds
as Randy Schoenberg
Katie Holmes
as Pam Schoenberg
Tatiana Maslany
as Young Maria Altmann
Daniel Brühl
as Hubertus Czernin
Elizabeth McGovern
as Judge Florence Cooper
Max Irons
as Fritz Altmann
Antje Traue
as Adele Bloch-Bauer
Frances Fisher
as Barbara Schoenberg
Jonathan Pryce
as Chief Justice Rehnquist
Moritz Bleibtreu
as Gustav Klimt
Tom Schilling
as Heinrich
Anthony Howell
as Austrian Official
Richard Reid
as Court Reporter
Rolf Saxon
as Stan Gould
Alan Corduner
as Gustav Bloch-Bauer
Henry Goodman
as Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer
Nina Kunzendorf
as Therese Bloch-Bauer
Nellie Schilling
as Child Maria
Milica Bogojevic
as Child Luise
Olivia Silhavy
as Elisabeth Gehrer
Ludger Pistor
as Rudolph Wran
Ben Miles
as Ronald Lauder
Christian Dolezal
as Felix Landau
Doron Davidson
as BBS Associate
Milly Thomas
as Stewardess
Cornelia Ivancan
as Anna the Mole
Dagmar Schwarz
as Restitution Witness
Susi Spitz
as Gideon Singer
Paul Matic
as Austrian Man
Asli Bayram
as Isa. Wran's Secretary
Alexander E. Fennon
as Bernhard Kohler
Richard Evans
as Dieter Binder
Johannes Seilern
as Bruno Grimshitz
Christoph Moosbrugger
as Hotel Receptionist
Sabine Muhar
as Gallery Guide
Rainer Egger
as Pharmacist
Raphael VonBargen
as Passport Officer
Steve Schmidt
as Young Nazi Man
Stephanie Schmiderer
as Woman in Fur Coat
Elisabeth Kopp
as Woman in Fur Coat
Susi Stach
as Woman in Courtyard
Gisella Salcher
as Woman in Crowd
Michael Corey Foster
as Hassidic Jewish Man
William Brand
as Mr. Feldman
Erich Redman
as Nazi Officer
Philip Rham
as Junior Nazi Officer
Peter Stark
as Junior Nazi Officer
Lisa Gornick
as Mrs. Neumann
Kenneth Jay
as Ellis Island Officer
Crystal Clarke
as Bookshop Cashier
Nancy Crane
as Mrs. Scheff
Joseph Mydell
as Judge Clarence
Eric Meyers
as David Pike
Rupert Wickhan
as Arbitrator
Janina Blohm-Sievers
as Sievers-Consulate Receptionist
John Guerrasio
as Court House Employee
Franziksa Singer
as Box Office Employee
Nikolaus Barton
as Rail Company Employee
Kylie Watt
as Opera Singer
Anna Skidanova
as Wedding Guest
Simona Hughes
as School Teacher
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Critic Reviews for Woman in Gold

All Critics (149) | Top Critics (38)

  • It's an underdog story tailor-made for the movies, devoid of surprises but touching all the same.

    May 22, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Sometimes you know a movie is going to work in about the first three scenes. This one really works.

    Apr 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • There's a terrible and relentless TV-movie ropiness about this film, combined with a dairy whiff of cheesiness.

    Apr 9, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite a debatable focus and dubious moralizing -money plays a pivotal role in the final outcome - "The Woman in Gold" works, largely because of the odd-couple chemistry between Mirren and Reynolds.

    Apr 9, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Director Simon Curtis is lucky to have Helen Mirren on hand, since she can turn the film's art history speeches into something that sounds like conversation. But the screenplay doesn't do either of them any favors.

    Apr 3, 2015 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    Top Critic
  • Director Simon Curtis milks the predictable drama, thrills and heartache of the Holocaust-era story, but it's a paint-by-numbers triumph, a copy of something we've seen many times before.

    Apr 3, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Woman in Gold


Despite Reynolds' strong performance, this film can't make up for the poor, unconvincing motivations of its characters; a structure that relies too much on usually haphazard flashbacks; Helen Mirren as a caricature of the "eccentric old lady;" and a sentimental ending.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


I just cannot with dramatic Ryan Reynolds. I once described Kal Penn as being a good actor in comedic movies and even dramatic parts of comedic movies, but not a good actor in dramatic movies. I feel the same way about Reynolds, and they probably only have half a degree's worth of separation between themselves.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


A by-the-numbers story about the effort to regain some priceless works of art from the Austrian government that had been stolen by that century's very bad bad guys, the Nazis. The leads, Mirren and Reynolds, are capably up to the task of storytelling but are not given a decent enough forum in which to work, leaving an overall dry work. The film's high point, the end sequence, is actually a steal from Cameron's Titanic end scene.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Through most of the film, I thought Mirren had simply reprised her role as "The Queen" with a German accent and dowdy frocks. ("Madness of King George", anyone?) Despite that and a too earnest performance by Reynolds, I found this to be a well-done picture and enjoyable picture. The (numerous) flash-back sequences were a bit jarring, but the film had a good story nonetheless. The film is a worthwhile tale.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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