Artemisia (1997)

Less-than-poetic license is taken in this fact-based tale of the pioneering 17th-Century painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Colorful, marginally erotic, but something of a bore when all the paint is dry.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 10, 1997
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Noh
Film Journal International

It's been richly photographed and designed, but soon degenerates into a typical flesh-and-sin charade.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A heroine who finds sanctuary in her imagination, the one truth that can be trusted.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

The film does a pretty good job of both recreating the world of 17th century art and of avoiding too much historical anachronism.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I just wish the film had more of an edge.

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Brandon Judell
Critics Inc./America Online

an always perceptive look into the life of an artist only previously known to the most academic of us. Merlet brings the sixteen-hundreds alive with all its wantonness.

James Sanford

For what it is, essentially a steamy and well-made period-piece, 'Artemisia' plays fairly effectively.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Lovely movie, beautiful to watch. Every scene could have been made into a painting. May not be accurate in the depiction of this persons life, but that's… More
Bruce Bruce
A wonderful movie. I came across this on a list of Movies shown at the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival. This is one of those films that turns out… More