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Tim's Vermeer

  • Starring: Tim Jenison
  • Director: Teller
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 80 min.

Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.

"It’s fascinating and funny while forcing us to consider the line between technology and art."
- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"The connection between art and technology is explored in an entertaining and accessible way in Tim's Vermeer, a documentary that demonstrates how a savvy and dedicated amateur with sufficient resources was able to create a remarkable likeness of a great 17th century painting. "
- Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
"What Tim’s Vermeer is really about is two geniuses, of very different sorts, communing across time and space."
- Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Tim’s Vermeer starts off in a playful fashion, but as he soldiers on, our intrepid, mild-mannered technologist finds himself getting emotional. In the presence of art, something happens. By the time it’s over, don’t be surprised if you’re more in awe of the work of an artist than ever before. Maybe this is Penn and Teller’s final, subtle rug-pulling moment: An attempt to demystify the artistic process ends up posing even greater mysteries. "
- Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine (Vulture)
"Penn and Teller's uncanny crowdpleaser begs the question, is it still a masterpiece if an amateur could do it?"
- Peter Debruge, Variety

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