The Photograph Reviews

February 20, 2020
Way too uneven, and it doesn't have a lot of momentum. Even their relationship, I guess I was rooting for them just because they had the most screen time and they're attractive...there were no real emotional stakes here, just plain...
February 18, 2020
Despite the fact that on paper the two running storylines should give audiences more than enough to stay interested, The Photograph never takes off or feels particularly urgent.
February 18, 2020
Ultimately, the film falls flat. The actors involved and Meghie herself are all capable of much more than the movie gives them to do.
February 17, 2020
Aside from Robert Glasper's solid jazz infused score, "The Photograph" leaves a minimal impression, and will likely fade in the distance as time marches on.
February 16, 2020
No amount of champagne, pretty faces and New York real estate porn can turn dull lovers and a dramatic lack of focus into a pretty picture.
February 15, 2020
Chances are audiences will fall in love with the stars' relaxed and natural chemistry. It's just a shame their romance is trapped in a movie as staid as this one.
February 15, 2020
It's a little too soft and soupy.
February 14, 2020
Do Mae and Michael stay together or split up? Eh, either way is fine.
February 14, 2020
...still, the movie fails to deliver on the best parts of even the sappiest romantic drama (or comedy): the real consequences of loss.
February 14, 2020
While I appreciate the gorgeous production design of The Photograph, because we don't know anything about these people, their wonderfully moneyed lives are more puzzling than comforting.
February 14, 2020
Writer/director Stella Meghie has crafted a gorgeous looking film with two strong leads and a hypnotic score, but it all gets undermined by a story that relies way too much on contrived plot devices and romantic cliches.
February 14, 2020
The Photograph is a film without a focal point. There are several seeds of good ideas throughout, but they need room to grow. Jammed together in such a relatively brief span, the stories and characters can't connect the way they need to.
February 14, 2020
A dithering, unshakable ambivalence dooms The Photograph, which might be the most distilled example of the deficiencies in Meghie's work as a writer/director.
February 14, 2020
The film is at its best when it's focused on the euphoria and tribulations of its central couple.
Top Critic
February 14, 2020
Most of it is curiously flat and under-seasoned, despite two stars in Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield who have an abundance of chemistry together.
February 13, 2020
Watching "The Photograph" is like looking through a friend's old photo album - it's not as exciting as your friend thinks it is.
February 13, 2020
The abundance of talent and some snappy banter add much needed pulse to a film which prioritizes looks over heart, but it can't save a script that's sketch-deep.
February 13, 2020
One has to dig deep -- to the point that it might feel like making something up -- to uncover some meaning in this intergenerational tale...
February 13, 2020
If only the story that surrounded it was as strong and well-crafted as the locales and people who populate it, "The Photograph" would be more than worthy of affection.
February 13, 2020
The actors are game to follow Meghie's slow dance style of filmmaking, but they can't bring the feature any sense of urgency.