Girl With a Pearl Earring
Girl With a Pearl Earring (2004)

A speculative account of the life of Griet, a 16-year-old girl who appears in Johannes Vermeer's painting of the same title. Set in 17th century Holland, Griet is employed by Vermeer as a housemaid to care for his six children, his… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 9, 2004
DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Visually arresting, but the story could be told with a bit more energy.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Working from an intelligent, understated screenplay by Olivia Hetreed, director Peter Webber (an acclaimed documentarian) proceeds with a stunning assurance.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A virtual ricochet-fest of eyeball action. Those looks, those glares, those gapes, those gawks!

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Older teens and adults will enjoy. Book is better.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Lavish attention to historical detail, the thorough immersion in this unusual world and Johansson's impressive performance make Girl With a Pearl Earring memorable but not a masterpiece.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

A rare and elegant film bathed in the kind of soft, delicate light that can build unexpectedly to feelings of both anxiety and bliss.

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Cole Smithey

The film is an intriguing speculative account of the creation of one of Vermeer's most famous and sensual paintings. Every shot in the film looks like it was taken right out of a painting from Delft, Holland circa 1665...

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

A feast for the eyes.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The picture is simply ravishing, but at times it falls prey to its own contemplations.

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Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

The movie benefits greatly from Johansson's gift for understated delivery, but she's less assured in this demure, largely non-verbal role than she was as a modern young woman in Ghost World and Lost in Translation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
An intriguing drama centered on the strong sexual tension between Johannes Vermeer and a woman who would supposedly become the subject of his most famous… More
familiar stranger
This movie, in my humble opinion, is targeted for audience with peculiar sense. The pearl's value didn't quite add up to much entertainment, and the… More
Manu Gino
Beauty inspires obsession. Good movie yet slow. While the story is obviously not true, I find the concept of theorizing about the origination of great works of… More
xGary Xx
This fictionalised version of characters and events surrounding the creation of Vermeer's masterpiece is a cinematographer's wet dream come true. To… More
Jens S.
Visually this film about the creation of Vermeer's famous painting from the 1600s is very pleasing. The majority of the shots look like paintings… More
Spencer S.
Quite passive and a bit terse, this true account of the painting that changed its creator's life, is filled to brimming with a tense silence between the… More