Peeping Tom
Peeping Tom (1960)

Mark Lewis, assistant cameraman at a London film studio, aspiring movie director, part-time taker of pornographic pictures, and amateur documentary film-maker, has begun murdering women. He kills them, literally, with his camera and films… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 7, 1960
DVD Release Date: November 16, 1999
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Peeping Tom is a chilling, methodical look at the psychology of a killer, and a classic work of voyeuristic cinema.

Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

Michael Powell's Peeping Tom is the best movie ever made about the voyeuristic allure of making and watching movies.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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.

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin

Carl Boehm must be credited with a portrayal whose discretion has probably saved the film from its own worst excesses of morbidity.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Variety Staff

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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David Keyes

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.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Extremely bold and perverse for the time it came out (as it was the first film to put us in the perspective of a serial killer), this is a work of great… More
Jack Hawkins
'Peeping Tom' follows Mark Lewis, an introverted voyeur living in his father's large London property. To help make ends meet, Mark lets part of… More
jay nixon
Well directed and acted but deeply disturbing even today. No wonder it was considered so shocking in its day.
Cameron Sherwell
52 years later this film still feels as if it could of been made today. 'Peeping Tom' is a lurid look at scoptophilia (through both its lead character… More
Alex roy
Over the years, there have been so many films to be hailed as the precursor to the Slasher film. Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho has had a profound influence on… More
Kevin M. Williams
Sordid walk on the bad side of town as a criminally tortured child grows up to be ... er, unwholesome, to put it one way. A decidedly British film, the perp… More

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