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One Hour Photo Reviews

March 27, 2009
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...
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January 26, 2006
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.
September 26, 2002
Sy's scary ordinariness is a species of acting stunt. There's no there there.
September 12, 2002
Not entirely satisfying as either a creepfest or a character study.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 31, 2002
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.
Read More | Original Score: B+
August 31, 2002
Ranks among Willams' best screen work.
Read More | Original Score: B
August 30, 2002
Williams's exacting performance -- not a note of it is unconsidered -- makes us feel more for Sy than we'd like to.
August 30, 2002
It begins by scaring you to death by evoking a monster, and by the end it has seduced you into caring for him.
August 30, 2002
An impressive debut ... rich with detail and cool-blue style.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 30, 2002
For all its merits, One Hour Photo winds up as just another exercise in genre, although an assured and effective one.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 30, 2002
Romanek keeps adding flourishes -- artsy fantasy sequences -- that simply feel wrong. They cheapen the overall effect.
Read More | Original Score: C
August 30, 2002
Williams finally gets a role so smartly written we forget not only that we are watching Williams the dramatic actor, but that we are watching Williams at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 30, 2002
A thought-provoking, artful accomplishment by writer/director Mark Romanek, who reveals a powerfully understated vision of the haunting loneliness behind the forced cheerfulness of the discount store.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 30, 2002
Williams has now proven that he can play creepy with the best of them.
August 30, 2002
There are weird resonances between actor and role here, and they're not exactly flattering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 30, 2002
(Williams) has never slipped this far under the radar, and the result is a spooky, unsettling performance.
August 29, 2002
With its mixture of chilling suspense and poignant drama, it will shake your nerves and stir your emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 29, 2002
It has Williams -- memorably creepy, chillingly sad.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 29, 2002
Dark and unrepentant, this excursion into the epicenter of percolating mental instability is not easily dismissed or forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 27, 2002
This might be the best pure dramatic lead performance Williams has ever given.
August 24, 2002
Williams plays Sy, another of his open-faced, smiling madmen, like the killer in Insomnia. He does this so well you don't have the slightest difficulty accepting him in the role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 23, 2002
No one who sees this movie will ever again take it for granted that photo shop employees couldn't care less about their pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 23, 2002
A dazzling feature debut for Romanek.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 23, 2002
It's not nearly as intelligent, thoughtful or penetrating as it promises to be. Yet the consistent delicacy and emotional clarity of Williams' acting in One Hour Photo makes the picture impossible to dismiss.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 23, 2002
It sounds like another clever if pointless excursion into the abyss, and that's more or less how it plays out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 23, 2002
Unfortunately, One Hour Photo lives down to its title. Thanks largely to Williams, all the interesting developments are processed in 60 minutes -- the rest is just an overexposed waste of film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 22, 2002
Robin Williams fans have seen all the faces and heard all the voices before, but rarely have so many skills combined to forge one creepy, unforgettable character with such uncharacteristic subtlety.
August 22, 2002
A piece of often masterly image-making, a half-brilliant film with a revelatory lead performance by Williams. But it's also a thriller that gets trapped in surfaces: shiny, exciting, full of dread but often only tricks of the camera.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 21, 2002
One Hour Photo takes Robin Williams to darker and more complex places that we can't turn our eyes away from.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 21, 2002
Mark Romanek's creepy, oddly humane debut thriller is not your usual Williams day at the beach: Leave the automatic laugh track at home.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 21, 2002
With One Hour Photo, Williams triumphs by exceeding both in sheer actor's craft -- and the depths he plumbs in his character's tortured soul.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 21, 2002
One Hour Photo, written and directed by Mark Romanek, provides not only a flashy acting vehicle for Mr. Williams, but also a haunting, profound meditation on the way photography has changed the way we think about ourselves.
August 21, 2002
It's a stalker flick where things like empathy or suspense or horror have not been allowed to disturb the pristine achievement of the surface.
August 21, 2002
A smart piece of direction.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 20, 2002
Too often, the director's stark visuals underline the naked simplicity of his story and make his picture of the suburbs seem hopelessly generic.
August 20, 2002
Romanek's movie is a bit too pat and pleased with its undeniable ambitions, but the setup resonates with quiet desperation.
August 19, 2002
Sy is so deeply disturbed that, paradoxically, he isn't very disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 49/100
August 15, 2002
Williams shows us Sy's misery with no funny business. In One Hour Photo, his is a snapshot of human complexity worth framing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 14, 2002
Williams ... gives a performance that is riveting in its recessiveness and, as a consequence, truly, deeply scary.
April 8, 2002
An absorbing and unsettling psychological drama.