Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. 100
    A quiet movie, shaken from time to time by ripples of emotional turbulence far beneath the surface.
  2. What distinguishes Girl With a Pearl Earring is its combination of refined filmmaking and Johansson's exquisitely understated acting. It partakes of Vermeer's spirit and style, and that makes it one of the year's best movies.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    A rich gem expertly told in a surprisingly scant 95 minutes.
  4. 100
    Look closely at immaculate period performance. [15 December 2003, p. 119]
  5. This is an art film in spades.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    An intelligent, visually ravishing adaptation of Tracy Chevalier's best-selling novel.
  7. If the scope of the film feels small, Girl With a Pearl Earring fills that scope to bursting with subtle glory. It takes things as far as they can -- and should -- go.
  8. The actress (Scarlett Johansson) gives a nearly silent performance, yet the interplay on her face of fear, ignorance, curiosity, and sex is intensely dramatic.
  9. 83
    Johansson, fittingly, is the focus. In her face, as in the faces of Vermeer's handful of captivating subjects, the viewer intuits whole stories and worlds.

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