Woman in Gold

2015, Drama, 1h 51m

153 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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Sixty years after fleeing Vienna, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), an elderly Jewish woman, attempts to reclaim family possessions that were seized by the Nazis. Among them is a famous portrait of Maria's beloved Aunt Adele: Gustave Klimt's "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I." With the help of young lawyer Randy Schoeberg (Ryan Reynolds), Maria embarks upon a lengthy legal battle to recover this painting and several others, but it will not be easy, for Austria considers them national treasures.

Cast & Crew

Ryan Reynolds
Randy Schoenberg
Daniel Brühl
Hubertus Czernin
Katie Holmes
Pam Schoenberg
Tatiana Maslany
Young Maria Altmann
Max Irons
Fritz Altmann
Elizabeth McGovern
Judge Florence Cooper
Jonathan Pryce
Chief Justice Rehnquist
Antje Traue
Adele Bloch-Bauer
Moritz Bleibtreu
Gustave Klimt
Frances Fisher
Barbara Schoenberg
Christine Langan
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Negeen Yazdi
Executive Producer
Robert Walak
Executive Producer
Ed Wethered
Executive Producer
Alan Yentob
Executive Producer
Edward L. Rubin
Executive Producer
Ross Emery
Cinematographer
Peter Lambert
Film Editor
Martin Phipps
Original Music
Hans Zimmer
Original Music
Jim Clay
Production Design
Dominic Masters
Supervising Art Direction
Caroline Smith
Set Decoration
Jennifer Gentile
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Critic Reviews for Woman in Gold

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (53) | Fresh (87) | Rotten (66)

  • 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…
  • It won't do the film any harm at the box office that Helen Mirren twinkles indomitably. She's as good as ever, but really - of all the things you want to see Dame Helen doing indomitably, twinkling isn't among them.

    April 12, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Helen Mirren is, of course, a wonderful actress, and she brings dignity to the marvellously Euro-chic Maria, but even she can't soar above the script which veers from speechifying to banalities.

    April 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Take a complex legal issue like the provenance of an art object, then throw in Helen Mirren and the Nazis as the hero and villains, and you have the dull and simplified tale of Woman in Gold.

    April 9, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Sometimes you know a movie is going to work in about the first three scenes. This one really works.

    April 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Mirren's performance gains in depth and pathos as the film progresses.

    April 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • It won't do the film any harm at the box office that Helen Mirren twinkles indomitably. She's as good as ever, but really - of all the things you want to see Dame Helen doing indomitably, twinkling isn't among them.

    April 12, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Helen Mirren is, of course, a wonderful actress, and she brings dignity to the marvellously Euro-chic Maria, but even she can't soar above the script which veers from speechifying to banalities.

    April 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Take a complex legal issue like the provenance of an art object, then throw in Helen Mirren and the Nazis as the hero and villains, and you have the dull and simplified tale of Woman in Gold.

    April 9, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The history touched upon in Woman in Gold is laden with such rich and fraught complexities. It is a pity the film does as little as it does to present or convey them.

    February 12, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Woman in Gold is just but one story in the ongoing battle for the return of stolen artwork during the Holocaust.

    August 12, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Woman in Gold

  • Sep 05, 2017
    I love movies in which the two leads don't really seem they go together but create a partnership that moves the audience. Mirren and Reynolds create this sort of pairing. Based on a true story which is sad but uplifting and really signifies how even the worst circumstances can bring out the best in someone and make them stronger. Helen Mirren is superb and almost matched note by note by Reynolds. A true inspiring film! 09-03-2017
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 02, 2017
    Perfectly average old-fashioned fare, Woman in Gold is pleasant but a completely and utterly bland account of a woman reclaiming her heritage. It is somewhat bolstered by solid performances, but otherwise highly forgettable. Rating: 59
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2016
    This is a very interesting story than it is a movie. All that being said, "Woman in gold", still benefits from a talented cast and a satisfying universal theme of love, friendship & family, that could resonate with avid fans of art or not, alike.
    Ace T Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2016
    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 S Super Reviewer

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