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Loving Vincent

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Poland, United Kingdom, United States · 2017
Rated PG-13 · 1h 35m
Director Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Starring Douglas Booth, Eleanor Tomlinson, Robert Gulaczyk, Helen McCrory
Genre Animation, Drama, History, Mystery

Taking place in 1890 France, the film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. A man visits Arles, the last hometown of Vincent Van Gogh, to deliver his final letter and investigates what might have taken place in the last days of his life.

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The New York Times by A.O. Scott

As the story limps and drags, the viewer also becomes accustomed to the images, and astonishment at the film’s innovative, painstaking technique begins to fade. But its charm never quite wears off, for reasons summed up in the title.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

There’s something ineffably beautiful about such a purehearted folly, even if a Herzogian drama about the making of Loving Vincent might have more to offer than the film does itself.


Paste Magazine by Kenji Fujishima

As stimulating as it is, the animation ends up being more pictorial than expressive—an initially fancy but eventually rather monotonous way to dress up what is ultimately a mundane drag of a detective procedural.


Variety by Peter Debruge

Loving Vincent may exist as a showcase for its technique, but it’s the sensitivity the film shows toward its subject that ultimately distinguishes this particular oeuvre from the countless bad copies that already litter the world’s flea markets.


TheWrap by Robert Abele

Unfortunately, Spot the Painting is this wooden movie’s only sustaining thrill, because the investigation plot rarely generates any lasting interest.


Los Angeles Times by Sheri Linden

Beyond explanation is the art itself. Animating Van Gogh’s bold impasto, already kinetic on the canvas, could have been merely superfluous. As moving pictures, though, the brushstrokes have an unexpected pull in this uneven but deeply felt homage.

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