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Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 5 Critics What's this?

  • Summary: The National Gallery in London is one of the great museums of the world with 2400 paintings from the 13th to the end of the 19th century. Almost every human experience is represented in one or the other of the paintings. The sequences of the film show the public in various galleries; the education programs, and the scholars, scientists and curators, studying, restoring and planning the exhibitions. The relation between painting and storytelling is explored. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    May 26, 2014
    100
    It’s beautifully organised, and there’s no way you could possibly watch it without learning all kinds of stuff.
  2. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    May 26, 2014
    83
    Wiseman's film is the most nourishing example of cinematic brain food you'll have all year.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    May 26, 2014
    80
    The effect of National Gallery is to reinforce the notion that paintings are objects to know and understand.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Frankl
    May 26, 2014
    80
    In his signature style, without talking heads, narration or explanatory context, Wiseman takes us straight into the London gallery itself and the inhabitants inside - both human and paint-form.
  5. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    May 26, 2014
    70
    National Gallery feels closer to a pure aesthetic investigation than an organizational exposé, and in that respect is reminiscent of recent Paris-set films like Crazy Horse or La Danse, mostly allowing the art to speak for itself.