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THE PHOTOGRAPH

 
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At Theaters: 2/14/2020 On Video:
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 46 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 601502
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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When famed photographer Christina Eames unexpectedly dies, she leaves her estranged daughter Mae Morton hurt, angry and full of questions. When a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box is found, Mae finds herself on a journey delving into her mother's early life and ignites a powerful, unexpected romance with a rising-star journalist, Michael Block.
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Drama Romantic - While featuring a couple of younger rising stars, Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield, in the leads, this fairly subdued, slow, and talky romantic drama will hold most appeal to older audiences. Other familiar faces such as Lil Rel Howery and Courtney B. Vance only have smaller supporting roles. Fans of Issa Rae will enjoy her change of pace dramatic role. Mature subject matter, brief language, and some sensuality make the film not for kids.
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Cast and Crew Heading
LaKeith Stanfield SHORT TERM 12
Issa Rae INSECURE
Director: Stella Meghie EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING
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PROFANITY: 1 F-word; a couple of others.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex without nudity.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Some comic lines and kid humor.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Good There are some rough notes in the film, but barring those, "The Photograph" is an enjoyable enough love story, and sweet enough to indulge in during a holiday dedicated to candy hearts. The script, which was also written by Meghie, is fairly predictable by genre standards yet still intriguing enough to watch as the two stories fall into place.

NY Post Full Review
Average Watching "The Photograph" is like looking through a friend's old photo album — it's not as exciting as your friend thinks it is. Neither the buildup of the relationship nor its timeline made a lick of sense to me.

Rolling Stone Full Review
Average Still, if you can cut through the tangled weeds of this overcomplicated script, there are Stanfield and Rae to let you revel in a true romance that jumps the hurdles of tearjerking to arrive at something touchingly real.

Slant Magazine Full Review
Above Average When The Photograph lingers on the euphoria and tribulations of Mae and Michael's love affair, it's rich in carefully observed details, but the gratuitous flourishes in its narrative structure gives it the unsavory pomposity of a Nicholas Sparks novel.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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