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Pollock 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

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Pollock is confident, insightful work--one of the year's best films.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    The movie falls short of achieving its apparent goal: being the "Raging Bull" of the art world.

  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Several startling depictions of the artist at work make you forget, if only temporarily, the serious shortcomings of the script.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    For all the praise that has been heaped upon it, is a quasisatisfying, half realized vision.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Wonderful movie, but for adults and older teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie contains a lot of mature material, including very strong language and sexual references and situations. A highly unsatisfactory sexual encounter between Pollock and Guggenheim is shown fairly explicitly. Characters drink, smoke, abuse drugs, and engage in self-destructive behavior. Pollock's drunk driving with the passengers screaming is shown, though not the crash that killed him. Family members treat each other badly, which may be upsetting for some viewers.

  • Families can talk about why people become passionate about art and how art is affected by the surrounding commerce and culture. Why did Krasner give up her own art to take care of Pollock? Why were the views of Guggenheim and Greenberg so important? Why aren't Pollock's paintings just considered scribbles? Are there any painters today who are as important a part of the cultural landscape as Pollock was when he was featured in Life Magazine? Or are our new cultural icons working in different mediums?

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Scary drunken car ride, fatal crash (offscreen).

  • sex false4

    Sex: Sexual references and situations, brief but explicit sexual encounter.

  • language false4

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Severe.