Museum Hours Synopsis
A Vienna museum guard befriends a visitor, and the two explore their lives.
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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...
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100

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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100

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,...
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100

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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91

indieWIRE

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...
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83

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;...
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80

Total Film

By Tom Dawson
Blurring documentary/fiction boundaries, writer/director Jem Cohen’s film is deceptively simple.
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80

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...
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80

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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63

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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Museum Hours

By jgsamson
I loved this very unusual, tender film. It is beautifully filmed. Slow-paced, it is somewhat dream-like yet not like a fantasy. It is grounded in time and place and a sad reality in more than one...

Museum Hours

By carriebarron1
Waste of time! We were so looking forward to a great artsy film, but instead we were bored to tears!...

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By jopl00
don't bother, slow start to say very little other than life is a museum, just bigger!...

I wanted to like it...

By natalie12328
I wanted to like this film as I love art and indie films. However, this film had no story line and drug on and on. Save yourself your time and money....