The Photograph

critic Reviews

73% Fresh Tomatometer Score73%
  • Gorgeous visuals, an affecting love story, and simmering chemistry between Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield keep The Photograph solidly in focus.
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    Ed PottonTimes (UK)
    It's a beguiling combination at first, but the surrounding story is too clunky, the revelations too telegraphed.
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    Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    Simply put, Michael and Mae don't get enough time to just be, though a sequel could fix that.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Lakeith Stanfield and Issa Rae do wonderful work as people with an instant connection.
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    D. WatkinsSalon.com
    The American black experience has been the definition of pain; however, we do experience joy, fun, and love like every other race. We also experience success, and that is silently the most powerful element of The Photograph.
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    Christy LemireBreakfast All Day
    It is so good. It is so lovely, and beautifully acted, [and] gorgeously shot.
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    Peter RainerFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's a little too soft and soupy.
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    MontiLee StormerMovieReelist.com
    The Photograph makes you want to stick around to see what happens next. This is the nature of romantic dramas - they're the fantasy versions of meat-life relationships.
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    Roe McDermottHot Press
    It's a level of insight and emotion the film should have brought to all of its characters. But The Photograph remains (sorry) underdeveloped.
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    Matthew BondThe Mail on Sunday (UK)
    Finding out is contrived and over-indulged but good-looking, easy to watch and helped by a cool jazz soundtrack.
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    Aine O'ConnorSunday Independent (Ireland)
    It's not bad but unfortunately neither is it very involving.
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