Museum Hours
Museum Hours (2013)

Acclaimed filmmaker Jem Cohen's new feature, "Museum Hours", is a mesmerizing tale of two adrift strangers who find refuge in Vienna's grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Johann, a museum guard, spends his days silently… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 28, 2013
DVD Release Date: December 17, 2013
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its languid pace may frustrate some viewers, but for patient filmgoers, Museum Hours offers a carefully observed portrait of the human condition.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Sommer is perfect. So is O'Hara. This is the "Before Sunrise" for a very different (and platonic) pair of individuals.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The two leads contribute fresh, genuine performances, and what might have been a musty academic exercise gains in tension from Cohen's deft juxtaposing of vocal narration, character detail, and majestic artwork.

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Robert Koehler
Cinema Scope

"Kunsthistorisches. It's the big old one."... neatly sums up the film's warm, casual attitude toward weighty cultural institutions while serving as a way of reframing formerly perceived paragons of elitism in a more democratic manner.

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Wesley Morris

Amid all the looking and dissection, Cohen demonstrates an understanding of the individual need for increasingly elusive privacy that feels urgent, wistful, and quaint.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

It's as if Cohen had lived for centuries among these places, and sometimes with art that encapsulates these centuries, and is pleasantly imprisoned within its strength.

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Isabel Stevens
Sight and Sound

Emotion is often considered the enemy by experimental filmmakers, but Cohen's films depend on it.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

The quiet time that Johann and Anne spend during museum hours -- and after his shifts on trips around the city -- offer solace in their mutual solitude. Museum Hours is an introverted companion for its viewers.

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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle

It has its tedium, but it's not bad. At times, it's actually quite good.

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Anna Tatarska
Movie Mezzanine

When Cohen's film is over and the lights go out, the world is not the same anymore.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
A museum guard at the Kunsthistorisches befriends a middle aged Canadian woman who has come to Vienna to visit a dying relative. This slow, abstract and… More
Daniel Perry
There is a magnificent stillness in this love letter to the Kunsthistoriches Museum, and it turns around a very realistic and beautifully mundane circumstance:… More
Walter M.
It is one thing for a movie to rhapsodize about the importance of small details not only in life but also in art, especially that of Pieter Bruegel. And then… More