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Based on 32 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A stimulating detective story that holds you in thrall. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    This thought-provoking documentary addresses the origins of Vermeer's photo-realistic art with all the suspense of a thriller. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The most intriguing question it raises is whether our feelings about Vermeer may be changed by the likelihood of him having used optics of one sort or another. The answer is yes, unavoidably, but not necessarily for the worse. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The result is cool and semi-comical, but also serious. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    The connection between art and technology is explored in an entertaining and accessible way in Tim's Vermeer, a documentary that demonstrates how a savvy and dedicated amateur with sufficient resources was able to create a remarkable likeness of a great 17th century painting. show more

  • 88
    William Goss

    Teller manages a careful enough balance between painstaking technique and a larger cultural context over 80 brisk minutes to make even minor revelations feel like major moments. show more

  • 95
    Bob Mondello NPR

    As with Six by Sondheim, Tim's Vermeer works at capturing on film how artists work their miracles. And it will have you, long after the credits fade, puzzling out questions of invention, creativity, science, talent, painstaking craft, and the magic that comes of putting all that together. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The deeper Tim’s Vermeer takes you, the peskier and more profound the questions get. show more

  • 88

    The movie is straightforward, brisk, engaging, and sometimes even moving. One might entire feeling wary that the movie, in depicting an attempt to duplicate Vermeer's achievement, might also glibly undercut it; but that's not the point at all. Rather, Tim's Vermeer wants to expand the audience's understanding of what the actual practice of art is. show more

  • 75
    Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times

    While Penn and Teller certainly know how to tell a story, Tim’s Vermeer is at times a chore to sit through, even with a brisk 80-minute running time. We’re literally watching paint dry. show more

  • March 17, 2014 um00000000186448
    Report This User

    "As someone who can draw and paint" Congratulations on your innate abilities which do not (apparently) include cinema nor paying attention.

  • March 09, 2014 il00000000149218
    Report This User

    As someone who can draw and paint, I found this film very frustrating and kinda insulting. It took 8 hours for the idiots in the film to paint a simple painting of a jug using the mirror contraption that this guy has invented. It would have taken me like 90 minutes tops to do the same thing.

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