One Hour Photo (2002)
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Critic Reviews for One Hour Photo
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...
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.
Sy's scary ordinariness is a species of acting stunt. There's no there there.
Not entirely satisfying as either a creepfest or a character study.
Romanek's themes are every bit as distinctive as his visuals. Beyond the cleverness, the weirdness and the pristine camerawork, One Hour Photo is a sobering meditation on why we take pictures.
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.
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.
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.
One Hour Photo Quotes
|Seymour "Sy" Parrish:||I'm sure my customers never think about it, but their snapshots are their little stands against the flow of time. The shutters click, the flash goes off, and they've stopped time. Just for the blink of an eye.|
|Seymour "Sy" Parrish:||No one takes photographs of things they want to forget.|
|Seymour "Sy" Parrish:||Family photos depict smiling faces... births, weddings, holidays, children's birthday parties. People take pictures of the happy moments in their lives. Someone looking through our photo album would conclude that we had led a joyous, leisurely existence free of tragedy. No one ever takes a photograph of something they want to forget.|
|Seymour "Sy" Parrish:||No one ever takes a photograph of something they want to forget.|