Tim's Vermeer
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Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, (Video Toaster, LightWave, TriCaster) attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically - 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers. Spanning a decade, Jenison's adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Tim's Vermeer" is about many things - art history, technology, painting technique, beauty - but ultimately it's a beguiling study of fascination."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Tim's Vermeer is film as forensics, bringing math and science to bear to solve an art-world mystery."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do - nothing more, nothing less."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
"The crossroads between technology and art has always been troublesome. Without either, we might not have some of the art world's greatest treasures. Certainly without digital video, we wouldn't have this wonderfully entertaining movie either."
‑ Eric Melin, Lawrence.com
"Despite the exhausting quest taken up by the documentary's hero, the film doesn't register as inspirational."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
"We should never forget that Penn and Teller are professional bamboozlers, and their attempt to re-frame the definition of genius might be nothing but smoke and mirrors."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
""Tim's Vermeer" is a movie for people who like to think, who like to ponder the big questions surrounding art and the act of creation."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Jenison's compulsiveness and ingeniousness are interesting, and his research may prove to have some art-scholarship value, but another impresson is that spending 180 days to reproduce 'The Music Lesson' is a colossal waste of time."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"It's obvious in hindsight why Penn and Teller would be so drawn to this ethereally beautiful mystery: Their passion for all things seemingly magical, often mechanical, and always amazing is practically their trademark."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"It's a sophisticated treatise on the intersection between creativity and technology, presented with all the offhand charm of a great tale told over a round of beers."
‑ Rob Thomas, Madison Movie
"Unexpectedly dazzling."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Mostly it is fascinating and compelling."
‑ James Adams, Globe and Mail
"Jenison projects humility, but he can barely hide his need to be perceived as the smartest kid in the room. In the end, the film leans harder towards vanity project than earth-shattering documentary"
‑ Matt Kelemen, AspectRatio.us
"One can't help but lament that Jenison is missing the heart of the art -- he SEES but he doesn't FEEL."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Combining enough of the characteristic wiseassery of Penn & Teller with a dose of scholarly research on an age-old art-world mystery, it is at once entertaining and edifying."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
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