One Hour Photo (2002)



Critic Consensus: Robin Williams is very effective in this creepy, well-shot thriller.

Movie Info

Funnyman Robin Williams steps out of character in this tense, low-key thriller that marked the feature-film directorial debut of music video veteran Mark Romanek. Semour "Sy" Parrish (Williams) runs the photo processing department at a large discount store; Sy is dedicated to his job, and takes great pride in his work. Sy's favorite customers are Nina and Will Yorkin (Connie Nielsen and Michael Vartan), an attractive and cheerful young couple with a nine-year-old boy, Jake (Dylan Smith). Sy … More

Rating: R (for sexual content and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Romanek
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 18, 2003
Box Office: $31.5M
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as Sy Parrish

as Nina Yorkin

as Will Yorkin

as Jakob Yorkin

as Maya Burson

as Yoshi Araki

as Waitress

as Bill Owens

as Det. James Van Der Z...

as Yoshi Araki

as Mrs. Von Unwerth

as Mr. Siskind

as Young Father

as Amateur Porn Guy

as Repairman

as Sav-Mart Clerk

as Soccer Coach

as Det. Paul Outerbridg...

as Officer Lyon

as Officer Bravo

as Superintendent

as Hotel Desk Manager

as Eye Surgeon

as Booking Clerk

as Risa Owens
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Critic Reviews for One Hour Photo

All Critics (196) | Top Critics (40)

This immaculately made first feature from noted musicvid and commercials director Mark Romanek provides Robin Williams with one of his creepiest, atypical roles, and the comic star responds with an unusually restrained performance...

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Top Critic

It has arresting things to say about how the family photo is used less to record than to project, and how far that projection can be from the truth.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A film that over the years I've come to appreciate far more than my initial viewing due to the brilliant, unforgettable effort by Robin Williams who gives one of his most haunting performances.

Full Review… | August 13, 2014
Lyles' Movie Files

Without Robin Williams, 'One Hour Photo' is just another predictable B movie thriller. He's like that slow train wreck, personified, that people can't seem to take their eyes off.

Full Review… | May 10, 2013
Movie Metropolis

Robin Williams gets a chance to stretch as an actor in this semi-effective thriller.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011

Intensely scary thriller; not for every teen.

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for One Hour Photo

I can't believe the relatively low rating - this is a great movie. Probably the best role I have seen Robin Williams in. Very sad movie, especially towards the end as you start to understand Sy a little better.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Plastic-y feel to the movie which fits the mood of the movie. Incredible performance by Robin Williams. A movie that disturbs and crawls under your skin. Something not done too well in many films these days. Cinematography is picture perfect... something you would expect in a movie about a one-hour photo guy. Great movie.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer


Robin williams performs a role that should've deserved more praise. The story is meticulous about an overlooked art and gives us insight into the mind of a troubled man. Romanek's directing helped carry this thriller creepy all throughout the film until the last frame.

paul o.
paul oh

Super Reviewer

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