Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent

Hand-painted animated drama about the life and mysterious death of Vincent Van Gogh. The film uses a new oil painting for each shot, with movement added from one frame to the next by a painter’s brush. Around 100 artists have been involved in the film, and in the process have composed more than 56,000 paintings.

2016Rating: M, Adult themes95 minsUK, Poland
AnimatedDramaHistorical
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Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

Critics can no longer describe a film as “a painting come to life!” This musing on Vincent van Gogh owns that metaphor now, and unless we see another feature made from tens of thousands of actual paintings, it’s going to stay that way. Opening with a shot of the crescent from The Starry Night, the moonlight proceeds to move and rotate in the way that painting suggests. Imitating van Gogh’s style isn’t something to marvel at, but to see it interpreted in animation is. This film is a visual astonishment and it would’ve been a damn shame if filmmakers Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman fudged the opportunity.

5.0

Original

Really cool, well made, captivating

4.0

Brilliant but...

This is an amazing accomplishment. Diving into the style and psyche of Vincent, it explores what his take on visual life and telling the tale of his last days. The huge task of doing this is astounding. There are two things that prevent me from pure praise. One is after all is said and done ,event there were wonders moment to moment, I found myself not...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Brings a poetic sense of tragedy to the last act of van Gogh's life, and fresh insight into the kind of man he was.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Despite dialogue and accent issues, this is a breathtaking homage to van Gogh. There has never been a film like it.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Part mystery, part visual experiment, 'Loving Vincent' is a reverent ode to the 19th century painter Vincent van Gogh.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

As the story limps and drags, the viewer also becomes accustomed to the images, and astonishment at the film's innovative, painstaking technique begins to fade. But its charm never quite wears off, for reasons summed up in the title.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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Here is an oddity: intriguing and yet weirdly exasperating, like a sentimental tribute, or a one-joke epic, or a monomaniacal act of stylistic pedantry.

3.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

A paean and requiem for a talented artist taken before his time.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The beautiful visuals, unfortunately, can't hide a screenplay which feels at times trite and stagey.

3.0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

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Perhaps because expressions are so smudged and movements so weightless, the wonders of Loving Vincent don’t really extend past its magical aesthetic. But what wonders they are.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Animating Van Gogh's bold impasto, already kinetic on the canvas, could have been merely superfluous. As moving pictures, though, the brushstrokes have an unexpected pull in this uneven but deeply felt homage.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

People interested in what cinema can do should go and see it.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A triumph of painstaking technical prowess and stunning visuals over storytelling and dialogue. See it for its nuanced take on a huge cultural figure and to applaud its astounding audacity.

4.0
Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

Critics can no longer describe a film as “a painting come to life!” This musing on Vincent van Gogh owns that metaphor now, and unless we see another feature made from tens of thousands of actual paintings, it’s going to stay that way. Opening with a shot of the crescent from The Starry Night, the moonlight proceeds to move and rotate in the way that painting suggests. Imitating van Gogh’s style isn’t something to marvel at, but to see it interpreted in animation is. This film is a visual astonishment and it would’ve been a damn shame if filmmakers Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman fudged the opportunity.

5.0
Variety

Variety

press

Brings a poetic sense of tragedy to the last act of van Gogh's life, and fresh insight into the kind of man he was.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Despite dialogue and accent issues, this is a breathtaking homage to van Gogh. There has never been a film like it.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Part mystery, part visual experiment, 'Loving Vincent' is a reverent ode to the 19th century painter Vincent van Gogh.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

As the story limps and drags, the viewer also becomes accustomed to the images, and astonishment at the film's innovative, painstaking technique begins to fade. But its charm never quite wears off, for reasons summed up in the title.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Here is an oddity: intriguing and yet weirdly exasperating, like a sentimental tribute, or a one-joke epic, or a monomaniacal act of stylistic pedantry.

3.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

A paean and requiem for a talented artist taken before his time.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The beautiful visuals, unfortunately, can't hide a screenplay which feels at times trite and stagey.

3.0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

Perhaps because expressions are so smudged and movements so weightless, the wonders of Loving Vincent don’t really extend past its magical aesthetic. But what wonders they are.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Animating Van Gogh's bold impasto, already kinetic on the canvas, could have been merely superfluous. As moving pictures, though, the brushstrokes have an unexpected pull in this uneven but deeply felt homage.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

People interested in what cinema can do should go and see it.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A triumph of painstaking technical prowess and stunning visuals over storytelling and dialogue. See it for its nuanced take on a huge cultural figure and to applaud its astounding audacity.

4.0

Original

Really cool, well made, captivating

4.0

Brilliant but...

This is an amazing accomplishment. Diving into the style and psyche of Vincent, it explores what his take on visual life and telling the tale of his last days. The huge task of doing this is astounding. There are two things that prevent me from pure praise. One is after all is said and done ,event there were wonders moment to moment, I found myself not...

4.0