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One Hour Photo Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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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Time Out
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.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
Sy's scary ordinariness is a species of acting stunt. There's no there there.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 12, 2002
Not entirely satisfying as either a creepfest or a character study.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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+
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 31, 2002
Ranks among Willams' best screen work.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 30, 2002
An impressive debut ... rich with detail and cool-blue style.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
August 30, 2002
Romanek keeps adding flourishes -- artsy fantasy sequences -- that simply feel wrong. They cheapen the overall effect.
Read More | Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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
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August 30, 2002
Williams has now proven that he can play creepy with the best of them.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 30, 2002
There are weird resonances between actor and role here, and they're not exactly flattering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 30, 2002
(Williams) has never slipped this far under the radar, and the result is a spooky, unsettling performance.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 29, 2002
It has Williams -- memorably creepy, chillingly sad.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 27, 2002
This might be the best pure dramatic lead performance Williams has ever given.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
August 23, 2002
A dazzling feature debut for Romanek.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
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.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
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
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
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
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
August 21, 2002
A smart piece of direction.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
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.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 20, 2002
Romanek's movie is a bit too pat and pleased with its undeniable ambitions, but the setup resonates with quiet desperation.
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Mike D'Angelo
Time Out
August 19, 2002
Sy is so deeply disturbed that, paradoxically, he isn't very disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 49/100
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2002
Williams ... gives a performance that is riveting in its recessiveness and, as a consequence, truly, deeply scary.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
April 8, 2002
An absorbing and unsettling psychological drama.