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Peeping Tom Reviews

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin
March 16, 2015
Carl Boehm must be credited with a portrayal whose discretion has probably saved the film from its own worst excesses of morbidity.
David Keyes
October 31, 2014
So many movies about the most depraved of life-takers also function as therapies for their audiences; this one makes us accessories to deplorable deeds, and rejects all opportunities to find relief from them.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
October 14, 2014
It is now justly recognized as a classic of its disturbing kind, treating its material with a restraint, seriousness, and compassion that many of today's filmmakers could learn from.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
Tom Gliatto
People Magazine
October 5, 2013
Although seemingly about a creep who kills, it is as much about our own voyeuristic fascination with movies.
Ann Hornaday
Baltimore Sun
October 5, 2013
Almost forty years later, Powell's audaciousness, satirical wit and dazzling color sense still crackle with life.
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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
Philip French
Observer (UK)
October 10, 2012
It's a perceptive, blackly comic masterwork.
Paul Gallagher
Future Movies UK
October 10, 2012
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 | Original Score: 9/10
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
November 19, 2010
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.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 18, 2010
How is the film anything other than its own besotted yet savage review of cinema?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
November 18, 2010
If anything deserves the "dark masterpiece" tag, this does: a brilliant satirical insight into the neurotic, pornographic element in the act of filming, more relevant than ever in the age of reality television and CCTV.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
November 18, 2010
A risk-all masterpiece from one of our greatest film-makers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
November 4, 2010
Misplaced critical vitriol torpedoed the original 1960 release of director Michael Powell's psycho-horror. Fifty years later, it's an undisputed British masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
August 11, 2010
The primary conceit of "Peeping Tom" is to engage the audience as a voyeuristic accomplice to its anti-hero protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: A

September 19, 2007
Peeping Tom's classic status is beyond doubt.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Variety Staff
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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