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      Girl With a Pearl Earring

      PG-13 Released Jan 9, 2004 1h 39m Biography Drama List
      73% Tomatometer 178 Reviews 68% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings When her father goes blind, Griet (Scarlett Johansson) must go to work as a maid for painter Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth). While cleaning the house, Griet strikes up an unlikely friendship with Vermeer, which both agree to keep secret for fear of provoking the painter's jealous wife, Catharina (Essie Davis). When wealthy patron Van Ruijven (Tom Wilkinson) begins to lust after Griet, and commissions a painting of her, Vermeer and Griet are obliged to spend long hours alone together. Read More Read Less
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      Visually arresting, but the story could be told with a bit more energy.

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      Anthony Lane New Yorker What keeps Webber's movie alive is the tenseness of the setup (will this girl stay in the artist's household, and, if so, will she become his lover or his muse?), and, above all, the presence of Johansson. May 10, 2021 Full Review Antonia Quirke London Evening Standard Little happens -- save for several family arguments and the artist worrying about money and the integrity of his ambition -- yet it is unforgettable, and, shot to look like a moving Vermeer painting, effortlessly profound. Rated: 4/5 Dec 14, 2017 Full Review Nell Minow Common Sense Media Older teens and adults will enjoy. Book is better. Rated: 3/5 Dec 24, 2010 Full Review Felicia Feaster Creative Loafing [A] satisfying, provocative film. Jan 29, 2020 Full Review Debbie Lynn Elias Behind The Lens A visually stunning masterpiece with the beauty and elegance of a single perfect pearl. Nov 7, 2019 Full Review Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com The film is an intriguing speculative account of the creation of one of Vermeer's most famous and sensual paintings. Every shot in the film looks like it was taken right out of a painting from Delft, Holland circa 1665... Rated: B+ May 9, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Alec B It's all tawdry melodrama in the end but the cinematography is on another level here Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/26/24 Full Review alex r Pale adaptation of the book Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review colin m A good film. A bit slow though. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review lanfranco c The Making of a Famous Painting. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review mike v Girl with a Pearl Earring is a 2003 drama film directed by Peter Webber 🎨 It's good 🙂 I'd recommend it if you like this genre 👍🏼 DISCOVER THE MYSTERY BEHIND THE LEGEND Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review dave s Scarlett Johansson plays Griet, the demure maid who inspires Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth) to paint Girl With A Pearl Earring. Thanks to some fantastic cinematography, a beautiful color palette, and perfect framing, virtually every shot looks like a Vermeer painting, worthy of display in a gallery. Johansson gives an understated but effective performance as Vermeer's muse and Firth is suitably intense as the artist obsessed with perfection. The interplay between the two leads is nothing short of fascinating and the feeling of friction the develops within the family as a result of Griet's presence is palpable. Some may take issue with the distracting relationship Griet has with the butcher's son, but that's a minor quibble in an otherwise excellent film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis When her father goes blind, Griet (Scarlett Johansson) must go to work as a maid for painter Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth). While cleaning the house, Griet strikes up an unlikely friendship with Vermeer, which both agree to keep secret for fear of provoking the painter's jealous wife, Catharina (Essie Davis). When wealthy patron Van Ruijven (Tom Wilkinson) begins to lust after Griet, and commissions a painting of her, Vermeer and Griet are obliged to spend long hours alone together.
      Director
      Peter Webber
      Producer
      Andy Paterson, Anand Tucker
      Screenwriter
      Olivia Hetreed
      Distributor
      Lionsgate Films
      Production Co
      Archer Street Productions, UK Film Council, Delux Productions
      Rating
      PG-13 (Some Sexual Content)
      Genre
      Biography, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 9, 2004, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 1, 2011
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $11.6M
      Runtime
      1h 39m
      Sound Mix
      Surround