Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jan 8, 2014
    100
    An exquisitely fun documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    Dec 6, 2013
    95
    As with Six by Sondheim, Tim's Vermeer works at capturing on film how artists work their miracles. And it will have you, long after the credits fade, puzzling out questions of invention, creativity, science, talent, painstaking craft, and the magic that comes of putting all that together.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Feb 13, 2014
    91
    The result is both a captivating history lesson and a tense intellectual thriller that dares to ask big questions about creativity and technology.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Dec 5, 2013
    91
    What Tim’s Vermeer is really about is two geniuses, of very different sorts, communing across time and space.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Feb 27, 2014
    90
    It’s fascinating and funny while forcing us to consider the line between technology and art.
  6. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Dec 12, 2013
    90
    Like art itself, words can't fully capture what it is like to see the Vermeer emerge under Jenison's brush. Or to see Jenison's obsession with the idea run its course.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Nov 5, 2013
    90
    The result is just about the most fun you can have while learning, partly because it strips away any tangents beyond the task at hand, offering a lean, 80-minute account of how this crazy guy erected his own Everest and then proceeded to climb it.
  8. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Feb 20, 2014
    88
    The deeper Tim’s Vermeer takes you, the peskier and more profound the questions get.
  9. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Jan 31, 2014
    88
    The movie is straightforward, brisk, engaging, and sometimes even moving. One might entire feeling wary that the movie, in depicting an attempt to duplicate Vermeer's achievement, might also glibly undercut it; but that's not the point at all. Rather, Tim's Vermeer wants to expand the audience's understanding of what the actual practice of art is.
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jan 31, 2014
    88
    A stimulating detective story that holds you in thrall.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jan 30, 2014
    88
    This thought-provoking documentary addresses the origins of Vermeer's photo-realistic art with all the suspense of a thriller.
  12. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Nov 5, 2013
    88
    Teller manages a careful enough balance between painstaking technique and a larger cultural context over 80 brisk minutes to make even minor revelations feel like major moments.
  13. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Nov 5, 2013
    83
    Teller's rough, uncomplicated filmmaking style does little to elaborate on Jenison's story, as the subject's unending curiosity singlehandedly carries each scene.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Feb 2, 2014
    9
    Anything narrated by Penn Jilette is, by definition, awesome. But this story is remarkable. Tim, unlike so many today, has an incredibleAnything narrated by Penn Jilette is, by definition, awesome. But this story is remarkable. Tim, unlike so many today, has an incredible can-do spirit & attitude. He doesn't give up when faced with obstacles. He doesn't whine. I'd love to see what he's up to next. And I'd love to see what his painting would go for on the open market. It's lovely. Full Review »
  2. Jan 23, 2015
    9
    Super documentary about one mans obsession with recreating the art created by a Dutch master

    The loved poured into the project comes
    Super documentary about one mans obsession with recreating the art created by a Dutch master

    The loved poured into the project comes through loud and clear in the film. Its interesting, informative and inspiring

    Highly recommended
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  3. Mar 12, 2014
    8
    Inventor Tim Jenison developed a theory that Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer used some sort of optic technology to create his paintings. AfterInventor Tim Jenison developed a theory that Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer used some sort of optic technology to create his paintings. After interviews and research he sets out to create his own version of one of Vermeer's classics by working from a real environment. This is a fascinating concept and an amazing procedure that took years to realize. The documentation of the tedious final process is the only time the film starts to lag. Otherwise, it's interesting to anyone who enjoys an intriguing confluence of art and technology. Full Review »