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Acclaimed filmmaker Jem Cohen's new feature, "Museum Hours", is a mesmerizing tale of two adrift strangers who find refuge in Vienna's grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Johann, a museum guard, spends his days silently observing both the art and the visitors. Anne, suddenly called to Vienna from overseas, has been wandering the city in a state of limbo. A chance meeting sparks a deepening connection that draws them through the halls of the museum and the streets of the city. The exquisitely photographed "Museum Hours" is an ode to the bonds of friendship, an… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sommer is perfect. So is O'Hara. This is the "Before Sunrise" for a very different (and platonic) pair of individuals."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"The two leads contribute fresh, genuine performances, and what might have been a musty academic exercise gains in tension from Cohen's deft juxtaposing of vocal narration, character detail, and majestic artwork."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"When Cohen's film is over and the lights go out, the world is not the same anymore."
‑ Anna Tatarska, Movie Mezzanine
"...encourages you to see the aesthetic potential of everything around you, including each frame that appears on the screen."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"As we learn how to look at the Kunsthistorisches' masterpieces, we're also learning how to watch this movie. ... And better: we're learning how to look at our lives."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Christianity Today
"Amid all the looking and dissection, Cohen demonstrates an understanding of the individual need for increasingly elusive privacy that feels urgent, wistful, and quaint."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"It's as if Cohen had lived for centuries among these places, and sometimes with art that encapsulates these centuries, and is pleasantly imprisoned within its strength."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"A Chris Marker kind of exceptional experimental film that sets its sights on observing art, the landscape, people, Vienna and our sense of being."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This goes on for more than two hours and will bore some viewers to death. Others, though, will find this quiet, complex film a fascinating piece of art in itself."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"Museum Hours is one of those artsy-fartsy meditations on life that you see sometimes in the better cinemas. The good news is it turns out to be more artsy than fartsy: There's plenty to think about here."
‑ Jay Stone,
"The quiet time that Johann and Anne spend during museum hours -- and after his shifts on trips around the city -- offer solace in their mutual solitude. Museum Hours is an introverted companion for its viewers."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"It has its tedium, but it's not bad. At times, it's actually quite good."
‑ Leba Hertz, San Francisco Chronicle
"Cohen's simple, masterful film considers how we anoint value."
‑ Radheyan Simonpillai,
"Great art has the power to comment on life's issues - sex, death, parenthood, religion, etc. - and Cohen uses the power of the still image to construct a film of moving ones with power of its own."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
"Calm entertainment."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
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