At Eternity's Gate Reviews

November 25, 2018
Dafoe fully commits to his performance, as does Schnabel to the painter's vision and humanity.
November 25, 2018
At Eternity's Gate mainly succeeds, dusting off a century's worth of global celebrity to both animate a suffering soul and rescue a radical artistic mission from the museum gift shop.
November 23, 2018
It's a story both ecstatic and tragic, and Schnabel is more interested in the former than the latter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2018
Dafoe adds another masterful performance to his resume; his work here is as deep and as piercing as his performance in "The Last Temptation of Christ" more than 30 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 21, 2018
Dafoe may be the best actor around for expressing an inner life in extremis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 20, 2018
Dafoe's elegiac quality hints at why the artist was ahead of his time: because he saw more than anyone else could. It's a towering performance in a movie that casts a magnetic spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 20, 2018
Dafoe delivers an impassioned and believable performance, his deeply lined face capturing the mix of agony and ecstasy - to borrow a phrase from another artistic biopic - that this tortured artist must have felt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2018
Dafoe might not make logical sense in the role, but he commands it, his demon-haunted eyes communicating the artist's inner turmoil during the fertile creative period in the south of France that presaged his final unraveling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 19, 2018
It sees van Gogh the way he might've seen the world around him, threatening and supple.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 19, 2018
An incomplete exercise that lacks crucial emotional brushstrokes despite a rich palette and a piano-heavy score, At Eternity's Gate still offers the thrill of being inside an artistic process, adoringly interpreted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 16, 2018
Willem Dafoe's inspired and heartfelt performance as Vincent van Gogh raises "At Eternity's Gate" far above standard biopics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2018
"I am my paintings," says Vincent van Gogh, played by Willem Dafoe in a career-best performance, in Julian Schnabel's At Eternity's Gate... Watching this explosively lyrical film, you can believe it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 16, 2018
Rarely has a film been more of a singular showcase for a performer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
November 15, 2018
The lovely new biopic by Julian Schnabel offers a vision of Van Gogh's final days that is at once bold, blissful and deeply sad.
November 15, 2018
This man, much like the real one, is acutely aware of his fragilities. Yet by adamantly focusing above all else on van Gogh's work - and its transporting ecstasies - Schnabel has made not just an exquisite film but an argument for art.
November 14, 2018
Dafoe's work, the look in his searching, despairing eyes, feels beyond conventional acting, using intuition as well as technique to go deeply into the character, putting us in Van Gogh's presence.
November 14, 2018
There have been many films about Vincent Van Gough, but none as extraordinary as Julian Schnabel's version, starring Willem Dafoe in a monumental, career-best performance that lets us feel we're living Van Gough's life and not just watching it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 14, 2018
Does the world need another van Gogh biopic?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 13, 2018
Abstract, meditative, dreamily surreal: much less a traditional biopic than an evocative series of scenes and images rooted in Willem Dafoe's fevered, close-to-the-bone performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 12, 2018
Vulgar defacements of the art work match the eye-rollingly portentous melodrama with which van Gogh's torments are depicted.
November 8, 2018
All those sunflower yellows and twilight blues translate very nicely to our coffee mugs. But Schnabel reminds us that they were, in fact, the very colors of one man's life.
September 4, 2018
The movie is not just a pleasure to watch, but actually puts forward some new ideas about van Gogh.
September 4, 2018
An unbridled portrait of the painful but productive final years in the life of Vincent van Gogh, a role inhabited with the acrid lucidity of madness by Willem Dafoe.
September 4, 2018
The film's vision of van Gogh is honest and incisive and, at the same time, unabashedly romantic. You might call it a portrait of the artist as the world's first flower child.
September 3, 2018
Dafoe is inspired in the kind of performance that makes an actor being cast as a famous figure seem inevitable in hindsight.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 3, 2018
Any film could give you the gist of Van Gogh's life story, but perhaps only this one can make you feel what it would be like to stand in a field with this brilliant mind, and watch him make magic out of scenery.