Enthusiastic US reviews on MUSEUM HOURS


«MUSEUM HOURS,  Jem Cohen’s quietly amazing, sneakily sublime new film, is partly a reflection on (...) aesthetic puzzles.» A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Jem Cohen's Museum Hours, recently released in select US theaters, is acclaimed by critics. A selection of critics' voices.

«MUSEUM HOURS,  Jem Cohen’s quietly amazing, sneakily sublime new film, is partly a reflection on (...) aesthetic puzzles.»

«This movie is rigourously and intensely lifelike, which is to say that it’s also a strange and moving work of art.»
A.O. Scott, The New York Times

«Jem Cohen’s new film Museum Hours, a warm, sensitive reflection on the relationship between art and life, takes place in and around Vienna’s massive Kunsthistorisches Art Museum«
Max Nelson, Film Comment

«Humane and gently witty, the movie was inspired by the museum’s gallery of paintings by Pieter Breughel (…)»
Mark Jenkins, npr

«Museum Hours effectively applies Cohen’s existing strenghts to a familiar scenario and rejuvenates it by delivering a powerfully contemplative look at the transformative ability of all art.»
Eric Kohn, indiewire.com

«One of the many wonderful qualities of Jem Cohen’s latest feature, Museum Hours, is that it respectfully grapples with (…) theoretical thoughts, while also being, simply, a lovely meditation on friendship and the enduring value of culture. »
Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine

«In a figurative sense, Cohen is a landscape filmmaker. His vast body of work (…) is full of movies that stake out a geographic position and then survey the cultural and economic environment around it.»

(…) it’s hard to deny the movie’s ruminative, understated charm.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, www.avclub.com

Museum Hours isn’t always the most directly engaging film, instead inviting thoughtful interaction in its silences.
Nicholas Bell, www.ioncinema.com

The Hollywood Reporter's reaction on Museum Hours after its international premiere at the 2012 Locarno film festival
Museum Hours is an unorthodox hybrid beast (...) Full of charm, intelligence and dry humour, it deserves to find a discerning theatrical audience.
Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter





by Jem Cohen

produced by Little Magnet Films (A), KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production (A), Gravity Hill Films (US)


When a Vienna museum guard befriends an enigmatic visitor, the grand Kunsthistorisches Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads which sparks the exploration of their lives, the city and the ways art reflects and shapes the world.


with: Mary Margaret O'Hara, Bobby Sommer

International sales: MPM Film