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Girl With a Pearl Earring
In Theaters January 13, 2015
A speculative account of the life of Griet, a 16-year-old girl who appears in Johannes Vermeer's painting of the same title. Set in 17th century Holland, Griet is employed by Vermeer as a housemaid to care for his six children, his jealous pregnant wife and his uncommunicative mother-in-law. Tensions arise when Vermeer's wife suspects intimacy between her husband and the girl--and then climax, when the wife discovers that Griet borrowed her precious pearl earrings to sit for the now famous portrait.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Working from an intelligent, understated screenplay by Olivia Hetreed, director Peter Webber (an acclaimed documentarian) proceeds with a stunning assurance."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"A virtual ricochet-fest of eyeball action. Those looks, those glares, those gapes, those gawks!"
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Older teens and adults will enjoy. Book is better."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"An entertaining but inauthentic adaptation, a production which reads more like a Hollywood teensploit than a historical epic from Holland."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"Like the finest of Vermeer's paintings, the film's richly textured elements blend perfectly, unforgettably framed."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Lavish attention to historical detail, the thorough immersion in this unusual world and Johansson's impressive performance make Girl With a Pearl Earring memorable but not a masterpiece."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"A rare and elegant film bathed in the kind of soft, delicate light that can build unexpectedly to feelings of both anxiety and bliss."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"The film is an intriguing speculative account of the creation of one of Vermeer's most famous and sensual paintings. Every shot in the film looks like it was taken right out of a painting from Delft, Holland circa 1665..."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"... a movie about a kind of understanding that rarely passes between human beings; a solemn, sacred meeting of minds."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Girl gives us a vividly painted world but only patchily drawn characters - in that sense, it gets Vermeer only half right"
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
"A feast for the eyes."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"The picture is simply ravishing, but at times it falls prey to its own contemplations."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"The movie benefits greatly from Johansson's gift for understated delivery, but she's less assured in this demure, largely non-verbal role than she was as a modern young woman in Ghost World and Lost in Translation."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"Girl with the Pearl Earring is about the liberating and inspiring experience of being seen."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"A fascinating concept that loses its luster on screen."
‑ Mark Sells, Oregon Herald
More reviews for Girl With a Pearl Earring on Rotten Tomatoes

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