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Parents' Guide to

Loving Vincent

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Gorgeous, hand-painted images + pulpy murder story.

Movie PG-13 2017 94 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 13+

Wondrous, vibrant and painful

This film is a wonder. It brings Van Gogh's work, torment and his pain alive in his work that seem to vibrate off the screen. A unique approach to a once in a century talent. The film has a mystery and a story it wants to tell through Van Gogh's many paintings, but it still feels a bit stiff, melancholic and sometimes a little stagnant, but that does not mean that the mechanisms of which how the story is told does not reverberate. You feel his paintings, which I think was always the point. Was the pain necessary? Is this an example of the depiction of mental illness and how lonely it all can be.
age 13+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (8 ):

Reportedly the first fully painted animated film in history, this seven-years-in-the-making effort is often breathtakingly beautiful. And, truth be told, if you're going to make a movie about Van Gogh, why not make it in beautiful paintings? Loving Vincent is based on the actual people who sat for Van Gogh's works, complete with their clothing and poses, and when the movie re-creates an actual portrait or a landscape, it's awe-inspiring.

But things get more troublesome when the movie includes dialogue between characters; the animation in these sequences is done with rotoscoping (similar to the technique used in Richard Linklater's Waking Life), and the style is less appealing -- it doesn't quite match. Not to mention that these end up being pretty basic scenes of two heads talking. And while the story works as a pulp mystery that's somewhat based on real events, it also feels a little slight for the incredible artistry that went into the filmmaking. That said, while its elements might not all click precisely into place, Loving Vincent is still a very entertaining and gorgeous movie, and it could inspire viewers to look further into Van Gogh's real-life output.

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