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  • Release Date: Dec 18, 2013
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Steven Boone
    Dec 18, 2013
    100
    The New Rijksmuseum is a four hour procession of minute details, an exhaustive catalogue of art world diplomacy and process, but what sticks is the way Hoigendijk weaves all the strands together, crosscutting here, overlapping there.
  2. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Dec 20, 2013
    75
    Hoogendijk ends the movie just before the museum reopens; but her last, soaring image is a stirring vision of what made all the agita worthwhile.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Dec 18, 2013
    75
    It most potently strikes the tone of an elegy, pensively observing that beneath the bickering in museum boardrooms lies a massive treasure trove of art history that's being kept from the public's eye.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Dec 21, 2013
    70
    Hoogendijk has created an artifact that, while not exactly elegant, 400 years hence may prove as vital a window into Amsterdam culture as any of the Dutch masterpieces hanging in the museum itself.
  5. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Dec 17, 2013
    70
    The film dwells on the logistical and bureaucratic details of the process, and if it does not exactly write a fresh chapter in the history of art, it stands as an exemplary study in the sociology of art administration.
  6. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Dec 16, 2013
    60
    While the movie isn’t a consistently riveting four hours, Hoogendijk does keep finding images and moments that demystify the museum business while making the art seem all the more magical.
  7. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Jul 4, 2014
    50
    Hoogendijk is a guest with more tact than curiosity about why a three-year plan went so over schedule.
  8. Reviewed by: Aaron Cutler
    Dec 17, 2013
    50
    A guided tour of a struggle.

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