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Peeping Tom Reviews

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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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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.
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.
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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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
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
November 18, 2010
A risk-all masterpiece from one of our greatest film-makers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jim Schembri
Sydney Morning Herald
April 6, 2007
One of the most chilling serial killer films ever made.
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
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
Contains the most lurid use of Technicolor ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
January 30, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
This is a film about scoptophilia (voyeurism)...
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
March 6, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
September 26, 2002
The original first-person horror film.
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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
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Its frank depiction of violence and somewhat sadistic delivery understandably upset the stodgy British public, who were used to prettier fare from Powell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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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