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Peeping Tom Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
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Stripped of its color and some excellent photography plus imaginative direction by Michael Powell, the plot itself would have emerged as a shoddy yarn.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 19, 2007
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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Peeping Tom's rediscovery, I fear, tells us more about fads in film criticism than it does about art.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 9, 2005
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

August 29, 2002
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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movies make us into voyeurs. We sit in the dark, watching other people's lives. It is the bargain the cinema strikes with us, although most films are too well-behaved to mention it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
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
Jim Schembri
Sydney Morning Herald

One of the most chilling serial killer films ever made.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald

April 6, 2007
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A

August 11, 2010
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Contains the most lurid use of Technicolor ever.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 5/5

January 30, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is a film about scoptophilia (voyeurism)...

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

January 1, 2000
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

| Original Score: 4/5

March 6, 2004
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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The original first-person horror film.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 26, 2002
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
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Its frank depiction of violence and somewhat sadistic delivery understandably upset the stodgy British public, who were used to prettier fare from Powell.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 28, 2002
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Though it effectively ended Mr. Powell's career, Peeping Tom is now considered a once-forbidden classic, an audacious act of self-cannibalization in which cinema itself is a lethal weapon.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A-

May 1, 2003
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

No film, simply, more rightly depicts the psychology of helming a camera, fashioning scenario, and filming it. Directors are alchemists, and characters are pawns to exercise their every temptation, impulse, motivation, fear, or sin.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

September 10, 2002
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