Peeping Tom Reviews

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
October 14, 2014
Michael Powell's Peeping Tom is the best movie ever made about the voyeuristic allure of making and watching movies.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 5, 2013
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
September 19, 2007
Stripped of its color and some excellent photography plus imaginative direction by Michael Powell, the plot itself would have emerged as a shoddy yarn.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 19, 2007
It's an understanding and at times even celebratory film -- attitudes that scandalized critics years ago and are still pretty potent today.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A Freudian script of notable maturity teases limitless implications from this premise, while maintaining a healthy sense of humour.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Peeping Tom's rediscovery, I fear, tells us more about fads in film criticism than it does about art.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 1, 2003
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 | Original Score: A-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
September 26, 2002
The original first-person horror film.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Today, thanks largely to a 1980 revival engineered by Powell enthusiast and fellow director Martin Scorsese, Peeping Tom is rightly seen as a horror classic and sophisticated psychological journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 4/4