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One Hour Photo Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    It lacks the redeeming warmth of a character the audience can identify with. But longtime fans of Mr. Williams will enjoy it as an example of the creepiness we always knew he was capable of.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It is a rare performance when one of the world's most recognizable stars can disappear completely into a character on the screen.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    In One Hour Photo, Williams is a snapshot of human complexity worth framing.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Watching the film, I thought of Michael Powell's great 1960 British thriller "Peeping Tom," which was about a photographer who killed his victims with a stiletto concealed in his camera. Sy uses a psychological stiletto, but he's the same kind of character.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Intensely scary thriller; not for every teen.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an intensely scary thriller with severe peril (though not graphic), nudity, and sexual references and situations, including adultery and child molestation.

  • Families can talk about the role that photographs play in their own lives. Would someone looking at your family's photographs get an accurate picture of your family? They could also talk about whether we do enough to pay attention to people who are less fortunate and may be lonely.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Very intense peril.

  • sex false4

    Sex: References to adultery, nudity.

  • language false3

    Language: Strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Mild.