One Hour Photo
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Funnyman Robin Williams steps out of character in this tense, low-key thriller that marked the feature-film directorial debut of music video veteran Mark Romanek. Semour "Sy" Parrish (Williams) runs the photo processing department at a large discount store; Sy is dedicated to his job, and takes great pride in his work. Sy's favorite customers are Nina and Will Yorkin (Connie Nielsen and Michael Vartan), an attractive and cheerful young couple with a nine-year-old boy, Jake (Dylan Smith). Sy dotes on the Yorkins and their son whenever they drop off film to be processed --… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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..."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Not entirely satisfying as either a creepfest or a character study."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A film that over the years I've come to appreciate far more than my initial viewing due to the brilliant, unforgettable effort by Robin Williams who gives one of his most haunting performances."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"Intensely scary thriller; not for every teen."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"This is a brilliant, incredibly directed film with excellent performances all around from Nielsen, and Williams who deserves an Oscar nod."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Without Robin Williams, 'One Hour Photo' is just another predictable B movie thriller. He's like that slow train wreck, personified, that people can't seem to take their eyes off."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"this film shows that Williams can slither into the blacks and grays of the psyche"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"In a story so reliant on detail as the engine for character action, it's frustrating and annoying to see the film spiral down the gurgler because of a few (but crucial) lapses of attention to detail."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Sy's scary ordinariness is a species of acting stunt. There's no there there."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Ranks among Willams' best screen work."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Robin Williams gets a chance to stretch as an actor in this semi-effective thriller."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Call it an exercise in threat management, free with the purchase of a photo album--or a movie ticket."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Robin Williams creates a character who earns our revulsion--and somehow also our sympathy."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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