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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Imagining an artist's life as little more than a series of portentous set pieces, [director] Ruiz, who also wrote the script, has made a film that is neither portrait nor allegory but empty ornamentalism."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"Ruiz is terrific in evoking a heady atmosphere of ornate fin de siecle decadence, and Malkovich is ideally cast as a coolly intellectual, free-thinking, free-living aesthete..."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Poor excuse for an unconventional biopic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Klimt is a feast for the eyes and the mind."
‑ Beverly Berning, culturevulture.net
"In the end, all the effort adds up to naught, except a hunger for the salient details the movie missed."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"John Malkovich has virtually cornered the market on portraying aesthetes in the thrall of demonic visions. Klimt adds to his gallery of elegant monsters."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Ruiz is so intent on harnessing the painter to his own -- here, rather arid -- relativism that he never manages to convey the unfettered eros that brings crowds flocking to exhibitions of Klimt's work, even as critics hold their noses."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Raoul Ruiz's absurdly overwrought phantasmagoria tries to recast the notorious Viennese artist's life as a kind of Divine Comedy: Inferno."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Klimt is obviously not a dumb film, but it is one big ol' fruitcake of a movie."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"An almost unbearable collection of monologues with no regard for substantive or involving dialogue, the film sheds little or no light on the genius behind some extraordinary artwork."
‑ Angela Baldassarre, Sympatico.ca
"A good bio of any historical character has to have a compelling story, whether evil or good. Klimt appears to have had that story. I sure would have liked to know what it was."
‑ Leba Hertz, San Francisco Chronicle
"[It's] an eyeful."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The film, however provocative and full of eye candy, is really for hardcore art-house fans only."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Fact, fiction and chronology are juggled and blurred with such abandon that piecing it all together is bound to be a fruitless and frustrating effort."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"A handsome film, but no amount of superior art direction or glittering surface can obscure the rigor mortis that engulfs the drama."
‑ Pam Grady, Reel.com
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