Copying Beethoven (2006) O lucky dead-white-genius babe magnets! Painter Johannes Vermeer got Scarlett Johansson as his fictional assistant in Girl With a Pearl Earring , and now in… 2006-11-10 PG-13 PT104M Drama Romance Ed Harris Diane Kruger Matthew Goode MGM
Movie Review

Copying Beethoven (2006)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
FLIPPING HIS LUDWIG Copying , a biopic of Beethoven (Harris), hits a series of false notes
Image credit: Copying Beethoven: David Lukacs
FLIPPING HIS LUDWIG Copying, a biopic of Beethoven (Harris), hits a series of false notes
EW's GRADE
D+

Details Limited Release: Nov 10, 2006; Rated: PG-13; Length: 104 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Romance; With: Ed Harris and Diane Kruger; Distributor: MGM

O lucky dead-white-genius babe magnets! Painter Johannes Vermeer got Scarlett Johansson as his fictional assistant in Girl With a Pearl Earring, and now in Copying Beethoven, Ludwig van Beethoven (Ed Harris) gets Diane Kruger as the pretty girl who writes out the cranky musical giant's manuscripts and lauds his Ode to Joy. Agnieszka Holland's empurpled bio-fantasy is hooey with an anachronistic feminist slant from start to finish, lacking the jaunty cinematic dementia of Immortal Beloved. As LvB, Harris is intense, and intensely bewigged.

Originally posted Nov 08, 2006 Published in issue #907 Nov 17, 2006 Order article reprints