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Based on 18 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Part travelogue, part narrative and part art-history class. The class is what's best about this pretty decent movie. show more

  • 70
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Those who don't savor Cohen's leisurely rhythms will probably not respond to Museum Hours, and even the movie's admirers will admit that it could be a little tighter. One scene that might be trimmed is the one where museum-goers pose, naked as the people on the canvases around them. The interlude certainly isn't dull, but it is a little brazen for a film that encourages its viewers to find the beauty in more commonplace sights. show more

  • 100
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Some may find the film underpowered. Not me. With elegant understatement, Cohen creates a humane testament to reaching out, whatever our habits and routines. show more

  • 100
    Jesse Cataldo Slant Magazine

    Jem Cohen's film finds its most salient tension in the fraught relationship between known and unknown objects. show more

  • 75
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    The film shows how quiet exteriors can mask deep interior lives, and how art feeds those lives. The view of art is richly intellectual, sometimes enthralling. But I confess, I liked Museum Hours best for answering a question I’ve always had: What is that guard thinking? show more

  • 75
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    Museum Hours is an unusual film. It lacks a score yet feels like a sonata, intimate and musical. Secret harmonies are being heard. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    It’s a hybrid drama/art-history essay about how looking at art recasts our experience of looking at the world. show more

  • 63
    Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times

    Observant with mannered edits, Jem Cohen’s modest story delivers a character sketch and a traveler’s essay. show more

  • 80
    David Fear Time Out New York

    The real strength of Cohen’s occasionally didactic drama, though, is in the way the film redirects your focus to the periphery and reminds you of the richness that resides there. It was an achievement Bruegel mastered early on. And it’s what makes Museum Hours its own work of art. show more

  • 80
    The Guardian

    Like José Luis Guerín's brilliant 2007 curio "In the City of Sylvia," this is one of those rare films that may change the way you view the world. show more

  • January 14, 2014 tz00000000177417
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    Excellent film.

  • September 02, 2013 joanntim
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    What one calls mesmerizing, we called totally YAWN boring. We thought the characters were void of any personality...almost flatlined! We really disliked this movie, and the only reason we stayed was in anticipation that it was going to get better. It didn\'t come together with a plot, an emotion..

  • August 23, 2013 Susi
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    Critics from New York Times, IndieWire, and Village Voice must have fallen asleep during this plotless film riddled with characters devoid of personality. No one and nothing can save this film. What was the \"acclaimed\" filmmaker thinking? He owes me a glass of wine for a PAINFUL experience!

  • August 07, 2013 stonek57
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    We found this movie painful to watch. No plot, no life, dead characters. It was as if the director took camera stills of the most boring, dull, sterile scenes, stayed on them way too long & then tried to put them together for movie. Lifeless, unmeaningful, an absolute snoring sensation.

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