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In August of 1949, Life Magazine ran a banner headline that begged the question: "Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?" Already well known in the New York art world, he had become a household name--American's first "Art Star"--and his bold and radical style of painting continued to change the course of modern art. But the torments that had plagued the artist all of his life--perhaps the ones that drove him to paint in the first place, or that helped script his fiercely original art--continued to haunt him. As he struggled with… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Harris as an actor does justice to his long-term passion to play Pollock."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A difficult and demanding movie, one that rewards the persevering moviegoer just as Pollock's difficult and demanding paintings ultimately reward the steadfast."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Wonderful movie, but for adults and older teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Not a review, but an Interview with Ed Harris, who discusses Pollock among other roles."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"More than a straightforward biography charting Jackson Pollock's rise to prominence, Ed Harris' film is a penetrating study of the work ethic as it applied to one of America's great post-war painters."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"That altogether rare movie about an artist that works because it takes the art itself for granted."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Harris ... gives perhaps the performance of his screen career, making the most of his physical resemblance to Pollock while bringing a scary, single-minded intensity to the part."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"In the same way a tap dancer innately understands the percolating syncopation of all jazz music, Ed Harris identifies character rhythms and physical possibilities in drama."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"You can decide for yourself if Pollock was a great artist. He wasn't such a great man, but at least he got a pretty good movie."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"Harris has created an enduring portrait of this man, self-destructive, violent and difficult, who changed the face of American abstract expressionism."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Just -- yes, just -- one more film about that perennially obdurate subject, an artist."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"a plodding glimpse of the latter part of Jackson Pollock's life"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Many films about artists indulge opportunities to depict people behaving recklessly. Harris seems more interested in showing us the nature of creativity."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Passion can easily lead to self-indulgence, and that is certainly the unfortunate case here."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"If ever there were an artist to prove that the art is bigger than the artist, it was Jackson Pollock. Like him, this film embraces pain and chaos and self-loathing and returns beauty."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
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