At Eternity's Gate (2018)


Critic Consensus: Led by mesmerizing work from Willem Dafoe in the central role, At Eternity's Gate intriguingly imagines Vincent Van Gogh's troubled final days.


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Academy Award (R) Nominee Julian Schnabel's At Eternity's Gate is a journey inside the world and mind of a person who, despite skepticism, ridicule and illness, created some of the world's most beloved and stunning works of art. This is not a forensic biography, but rather scenes based on Vincent van Gogh's (Academy Award (R) Nominee Willem Dafoe) letters, common agreement about events in his life that present as facts, hearsay, and moments that are just plain invented.


Willem Dafoe
as Vincent Van Gogh
Mads Mikkelsen
as The Priest
Emmanuelle Seigner
as Madame Ginoux
Amira Casar
as Johanna Van Gogh
Oscar Isaac
as Paul Gauguin
Rupert Friend
as Theo Van Gogh
Mathieu Amalric
as Dr. Paul Gachet
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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (21)

Dafoe's elegiac quality hints at why the artist was ahead of his time: because he saw more than anyone else could. It's a towering performance in a movie that casts a magnetic spell.

Nov 20, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Dafoe delivers an impassioned and believable performance, his deeply lined face capturing the mix of agony and ecstasy - to borrow a phrase from another artistic biopic - that this tortured artist must have felt.

Nov 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Dafoe might not make logical sense in the role, but he commands it, his demon-haunted eyes communicating the artist's inner turmoil during the fertile creative period in the south of France that presaged his final unraveling.

Nov 19, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It sees van Gogh the way he might've seen the world around him, threatening and supple.

Nov 19, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

An incomplete exercise that lacks crucial emotional brushstrokes despite a rich palette and a piano-heavy score, At Eternity's Gate still offers the thrill of being inside an artistic process, adoringly interpreted.

Nov 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Willem Dafoe's inspired and heartfelt performance as Vincent van Gogh raises "At Eternity's Gate" far above standard biopics.

Nov 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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