• Released
  • September 6, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • 1 hr 47 min
  • Drama
  • 11 Fan Ratings

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Some may find the film underpowered. Not me. With elegant understatement, Cohen creates a humane testament to reaching out, whatever our habits and routines.
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Slant Magazine

By Jesse Cataldo
Jem Cohen's film finds its most salient tension in the fraught relationship between known and unknown objects.
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Village Voice

By Calum Marsh
The film, a kind of hybrid between understated drama and essayistic tourism, approaches its subjects with uncommon patience and curiosity, lingering over objects and faces as if to savor their aesthetic qualities, eager to convey truths without authorial imposition.
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The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
This movie is rigorously and intensely lifelike, which is to say that it’s also a strange and moving work of art.
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By Eric Kohn
With a keen eye for the capacity of fine art to address a complex range of attitudes and experiences, Museum Hours effectively applies Cohen's existing strengths to a familiar scenario and rejuvenates it by delivering a powerfully contemplative look at the transformative ability of all art.
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The A.V. Club

By Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Essentially an essay film, Museum Hours is less interested in plot than in using its characters as a way to give ideas shape and voice; however, because their performances are natural and improvisatory, the movie never seems didactic.
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Total Film

By Tom Dawson
Blurring documentary/fiction boundaries, writer/director Jem Cohen’s film is deceptively simple.
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Time Out London

By Trevor Johnston
Its encouragement to let ourselves be captivated by everyday humanity as well as the old masters is both richly illuminating and quirkily endearing. Time well spent.
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Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
It's a film whose pleasures are much more visual than dramatic, but that doesn't mean there aren't serious things on its mind.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
Observant with mannered edits, Jem Cohen’s modest story delivers a character sketch and a traveler’s essay.
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83 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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