“At Eternity’s Gate doesn’t pretend to be ‘definitive.’ It’s a drama of moments, fragments, impressions, and though it shows us van Gogh as a haunted soul, locked in a battle with his mental problems, we hear about those demons more than we actually see them take hold.
“The film’s vision of van Gogh is honest and incisive and, at the same time, unabashedly romantic. You might call it a portrait of the artist as the world’s first flower child. I mean that as praise.
“Willem Dafoe hasn’t had a role since The Last Temptation of Christ that allows him to combine agony and ecstasy, devotion to a higher calling with…well, a messiah complex as majestically as this one does.” — from Owen Gleiberman‘s 9.3 Variety review.