The Last Vermeer

critic Reviews

, 70% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Led by a skilled performance from Guy Pearce, The Last Vermeer derives diverting drama from its historically inspired wartime story.
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    James BerardinelliReelViews
    An entertaining if uneven mixture of post-World War II fact and fiction.
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    Claudia PuigFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's an inherently fascinating and wild true story, [but] I just thought this was occasionally dull.
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    Peter RainerFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's an interesting subject for a movie, [but] I'm not sure it quite comes to life.
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    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    [There] is a compelling framework for this story, but it's done in such strange, large strokes.
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    John AndersonWall Street Journal
    It's a clever gesture, but also points out what's ultimately wrong with director Dan Friedkin's postwar thriller: It knows a lot about art history and presumes we know nothing.
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    Nell MinowRogerEbert.com
    The film takes some significant, unnecessary, and distracting dramatic license.
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    Michael CalleriNiagara Gazette
    [Claes] Bang and a realistic supporting cast are very good, but it's Guy Pearce as van Meegeren that you really want to see.
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    Cameron MeierOrlando Weekly
    The film's triumph is not its reintroduction of van Meegeren to the world, though that is commendable. Instead, it's the conversation it fosters about art itself.
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    Al AlexanderThe Patriot Ledger
    A film that more than paints in broad strokes in capturing a moment in Dutch history in which an artful dodger successfully bet it all in going for Baroque.
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    Craig TakeuchiGeorgia Straight
    The majority of the tale -- which is compelling in itself -- is played out with a sombre and dutiful seriousness (Bang included) which undermines its complex underpinnings of intrigue.
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