The Photograph

    The Photograph


    When famed photographer Christina Eames dies unexpectedly, she leaves her estranged daughter, Mae, hurt, angry and full of questions. When Mae finds a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box, she soon finds herself delving into her mother's early life -- an investigation that leads to an unexpected romance with a rising journalist.

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    • Issa RaeMae Eames
    • LaKeith StanfieldMichael Block
    • Chanté AdamsChristina Eames
    • Y'lan NoelYoung Isaac
    • Kelvin Harrison Jr.Andy Morrison
    • Lil Rel HoweryKyle
    • Teyonah ParrisAsia
    • Jasmine Cephas JonesRachel Miller
    • Wakeema HollisDenise Holness
    • Rob MorganIsaac Jefferson


    • 75

      Chicago Tribune

      The Photograph treats all its characters with some decency and understanding, in a genre where straw villains and cardboard adversaries typically run rampant. The plaintive, jazz-inflected musical score by Robert Glasper establishes the right vibe and level of drama, which is to say: more like life and less like the movies.
    • 70


      Though it’s an intoxicating blend of modern and vintage romance, The Photograph, while flawed, is most intriguing when it peels back the layers between a mother and daughter who never really knew each other in life, but whose stories eventually intertwine in ways they could have never imagined.
    • 70

      Screen Rant

      Moviegoers looking for something romantic and entertaining to catch on Valentine's Day weekend (or even later on in February) won't go wrong with The Photograph.
    • 70


      It’s a looser, warmer, and more meditative romance, one that takes its time by giving its actors room to breathe.
    • 70

      Screen Daily

      Although the film sometimes dips into muddled melodrama, those occasional setbacks can’t derail a story filled with warm, resonant characters trying to fathom their own hearts.
    • 67


      If only the story that surrounded it was as strong and well-crafted as the locales and people who populate it, The Photograph would be more than worthy of affection. As it stands, it just never quite develops into anything more.
    • 67

      The A.V. Club

      Across just a handful of scenes, [Rob] Morgan emerges as the soul of the film. It’s a testament to how much the right actor can do with even the briefest screentime—and a call to give Morgan a starring role worthy of him.
    • 63

      Movie Nation

      In the end, it’s up to Rae (“Insecure”), at her most glamorous, and Stanfield (“Knives Out”) at his most romantic to put this over. And as they do, The Photograph develops into something rare in the movies this and most Valentine’s Days — a romance that feels romantic.

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    • Danka S. Kojić