The Photograph

critic Reviews

74% Fresh Tomatometer Score74%
  • 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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    Adam WhiteIndependent (UK)
    What luck, then, that Stella Meghie's film returns to its stronger elements so often.
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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    Revel... in the subtle back-and-forth of becoming smitten, the glances, touches, silences. Think of it as a dance movie, a good one.
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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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    Murjani RawlsSubstream Magazine
    The Photograph shows that even though the universe might pull you in different directions, the heart will eventually win if you allow it.
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    Dan BuffaKSDK News (St. Louis)
    The Photograph makes enough of an impression on you due to its invested acting-but it may lose some of your emotional attachment due to its troublesome screenplay.
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    James ClayFresh Fiction
    THE PHOTOGRAPH's dulcet images may prove to be too muted for some, but for those searching for a raw sensitivity and unapologetic sexuality will be heavily rewarded.
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    Rich ClineShadows on the Wall
    Writer-director Stella Meghie knots up the plot and inserts so many distracting side characters that it's not easy to connect with.
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