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Girl With a Pearl Earring Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A rich gem expertly told in a surprisingly scant 95 minutes.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A quiet movie, shaken from time to time by ripples of emotional turbulence far beneath the surface.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Eye caviar that doesn't pretend to be much else.

  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The actress (Scarlett Johansson) gives a nearly silent performance, yet the interplay on her face of fear, ignorance, curiosity, and sex is intensely dramatic.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    This is an art film in spades.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Older teens and adults will enjoy, but the book is better.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has sexual references and situations and powerful erotic images.

  • Families can talk about why Griet makes the choices she does and how in real life the painting made centuries earlier inspired the imagination of a writer to come up with this story.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Child beaten. Tense confrontations.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references and situations.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking.