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ONE HOUR PHOTO

"Robin Williams, following the spare lead of director Mark Romanek (the video whiz bringing a striking style to the film), gives a performance that is riveting in its recessiveness and, as a consequence, truly, deeply scary...Sadly, Romanek's script settles for facile psychological profiling in the final third of the film, reducing a complex character to a trite case history of abuse and dysfunction." --

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"Williams brings a real working-class ethos to the Method, and is so good here it's almost painful to watch. Oddly, when he's playing serious roles, he tends to trust the audiences more than when he's doing comic work. He's not sweating to ingratiate himself through the damp excesses that can mark some of his other work." -- Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times

"'One Hour Photo' is an art-house horror movie, and like most art-house versions of genre films, all the vitality and juice of genre conventions have been sucked right out...It's a stalker flick where things like empathy or suspense or horror have not been allowed to disturb the pristine achievement of the surface." --Charles Taylor, Salon.com

"Williams' Sy is so fascinating and pitiless that the actor's performance overrides the director's penchant for fancy-video moments...Dark, grim, unsympathetic roles like this one and the crafty murder suspect he played in 'Insomnia' are proving to be the very identity-and-career-revitalizer the protean Williams misplaced during his dismally sappy 'Bicentennial Man'/'Patch Adams' movie years...In 'One Hour Photo,'' his is a snapshot of human complexity worth framing." --Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

"Williams tops his recent villainous turns in the comedy 'Death to Smoochy' and thriller 'Insomnia' as Sy Parrish, the kindly psychotic stalker...'One Hour Photo' is modeled on 'Taxi Driver,' but as carefully repressed as Williams is, the full flowering of Sy's obsession lacks the scary abandon that Robert De Niro brought to Travis Bickle. Since his pathology is insufficiently motivated, Sy ultimately feels more like a presence than a character." --J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

"Of his recent against-type roles, Williams' performance in this smart, arty little indie is by far the creepiest...the visually oriented writer-director Mark Romanek is not out to make a slasher film. He cares for Sy and miraculously manages to separate this nebbish from the rest of the wacko pack of screen perverts...you wind up feeling for him..." --Jami Bernard, The New York Daily News