Klimt (2005)

"Klimt" examines the last years of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt's life, from 1900 to 1918.

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 2005
DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Klimt is handsomely filmed, but the blurred storyline and substandard performances prove its undoing.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

John Malkovich has virtually cornered the market on portraying aesthetes in the thrall of demonic visions. Klimt adds to his gallery of elegant monsters.

Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Ruiz is so intent on harnessing the painter to his own -- here, rather arid -- relativism that he never manages to convey the unfettered eros that brings crowds flocking to exhibitions of Klimt's work, even as critics hold their noses.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Poor excuse for an unconventional biopic.

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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle

A good bio of any historical character has to have a compelling story, whether evil or good. Klimt appears to have had that story. I sure would have liked to know what it was.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

[It's] an eyeful.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

Raoul Ruiz's absurdly overwrought phantasmagoria tries to recast the notorious Viennese artist's life as a kind of Divine Comedy: Inferno.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Ruiz is terrific in evoking a heady atmosphere of ornate fin de siecle decadence, and Malkovich is ideally cast as a coolly intellectual, free-thinking, free-living aesthete...

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Klimt comes across as a lovely but unfathomable object, and an inadvertent case study in the argument for the ultimate integrity of Klimt's art.

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

The film, however provocative and full of eye candy, is really for hardcore art-house fans only.

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[font=Century Gothic]"Klimt" starts in a hospital in Vienna in 1918 as both the First World War and the Austro-Hungarian Empire are coming to an end.… More