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Peeping Tom Reviews

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Fear, as it turns out, is the most frightening thing in the world, and Peeping Tom makes us feel it palpably as few films have been able to do.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

October 5, 2013
Tom Gliatto
People Magazine

Although seemingly about a creep who kills, it is as much about our own voyeuristic fascination with movies.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

October 5, 2013
Ann Hornaday
Baltimore Sun

Almost forty years later, Powell's audaciousness, satirical wit and dazzling color sense still crackle with life.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun

October 5, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Peeping Tom reminds us of the scary, primitive power of movies by putting us, as viewers, in the position of its peeping protagonist. As the psychopath sets up his victims for the kill, we see them through his eyes.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

October 5, 2013
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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It still packs a wallop. Maybe that's because, in cinema, we're all peeping toms. And the camera, in skillful hands, can be an exquisite instrument of terror.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 5, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

It's a perceptive, blackly comic masterwork.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

October 10, 2012
Paul Gallagher
Future Movies UK

While Hitchcock's masterpiece is unquestionably the more mainstream and formally groundbreaking of the two films, it's arguable that Peeping Tom is the more thematically profound and insightful work. Just don't expect to feel good after watching it.

Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Original Score: 9/10

October 10, 2012
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

It is a thriller that still has the ability to shock because it holds up a mirror to the impulses in all of us. Perhaps that is why so many people found it hard to stomach in 1960.

Full Review Source: Daily Express

November 19, 2010
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

How is the film anything other than its own besotted yet savage review of cinema?

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

November 18, 2010
Peter Bradshaw

If anything deserves the "dark masterpiece" tag, this does: a brilliant satirical insight into the neurotic, pornographic element in the act of filming, more relevant than ever in the age of reality television and CCTV.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 5/5

November 18, 2010
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

A risk-all masterpiece from one of our greatest film-makers.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

November 18, 2010
Tom Dawson
Total Film

Misplaced critical vitriol torpedoed the original 1960 release of director Michael Powell's psycho-horror. Fifty years later, it's an undisputed British masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

November 4, 2010
Cole Smithey

The primary conceit of "Peeping Tom" is to engage the audience as a voyeuristic accomplice to its anti-hero protagonist.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A

August 11, 2010


Peeping Tom's classic status is beyond doubt.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 19, 2007
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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It's an understanding and at times even celebratory film -- attitudes that scandalized critics years ago and are still pretty potent today.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 19, 2007
Jim Schembri
Sydney Morning Herald

One of the most chilling serial killer films ever made.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald

April 6, 2007
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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A Freudian script of notable maturity teases limitless implications from this premise, while maintaining a healthy sense of humour.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 3/5

August 24, 2005
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 5/5

June 29, 2005
Mark Athitakis

there's a constantly gorgeous surface - a handsome hero, lots of bright Technicolor - and a constant moral rot at play underneath

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 19, 2005
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