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Some may find the film underpowered. Not me. With elegant understatement, Cohen creates a humane testament to reaching out, whatever our habits and routines. Read full review
Jem Cohen's film finds its most salient tension in the fraught relationship between known and unknown objects. Read full review
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. Read full review
This movie is rigorously and intensely lifelike, which is to say that it’s also a strange and moving work of art. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
Blurring documentary/fiction boundaries, writer/director Jem Cohen’s film is deceptively simple. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
Observant with mannered edits, Jem Cohen’s modest story delivers a character sketch and a traveler’s essay. Read full review
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