Pollock

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Sony Pictures Classics, Brant-Allen, Fred Berner Films, Pollock Films and Zeke Productions Released 2000

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Director:
Ed Harris
Released:
2000
Rating:
R
Director and star Ed Harris was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of painter Jackson Pollock, America's first "Art Star" whose bold and radical style of painting changed the course of modern art. His devoted wife, Lee Krasner (Marcia Gay Harden), tirelessly promoted her husband's career, often at the expense of her own growth as an artist. But the torments that plagued the artist all his life, perhaps the ones that drove him to paint in the first place, continued to haunt him. As he struggled with self-doubt, engaging in a lonely tug-of-war between needing to express himself and wanting to shut the world out, Pollock began a downward spiral that would threaten to destroy his marriage, his career, and, on one deceptively calm and balmy summer night in 1956, his life.

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  • 90

    Variety

    Distinguished by its quiet, intelligent, admirably restrained approach and by two finely wrought performances from Harris and Marcia Gay Harden in the leading roles.

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    May be the first movie about a painter to transcend the gushy clichés found in movies that try to unravel the mysteries of artistic creation.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Stands out among creative bio-pics for an ability to show art being made in a way that's as realistic and exciting as it's ever been on screen.

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Drama

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Historical, Love & Romance, Independent, Biography