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Based on 35 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Williams gives a performance that is riveting in its recessiveness and, as a consequence, truly, deeply scary. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The thinking part of this thriller needs work. It's not nearly as intelligent, thoughtful or penetrating as it promises to be. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

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

  • 60
    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. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The movie isn't as deep as it pretends to be, but it does have several nicely unexpected twists going for it. And it has Williams - memorably creepy, chillingly sad. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Unlike Patch Adams, Sy is not lovable. But you wind up feeling for him, much as you feel for Sy's pet hamster on that endless wheel. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Williams triumphs by exceeding both in sheer actor's craft - and the depths he plumbs in his character's tortured soul. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Though the writing isn't always specific, Williams is. He differentiates between the murderer in "Insomnia," who wants a cop to understand his motives, and Sy, who realizes no one ever could. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    One Hour Photo is a piece of often masterly image-making, a half-brilliant film with a revelatory lead performance by Williams. But it's also a thriller that gets trapped in surfaces: shiny, exciting, full of dread but often only tricks of the camera. show more

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