The Photograph

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Movie Info & Cast


When famed photographer Christina Eames unexpectedly dies, she leaves her estranged daughter Mae Morton (Rae) 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 (Stanfield).


  • Issa Rae
  • Lakeith Stanfield
  • Chanté Adams
  • Y'lan Noel

Atom User Reviews

Verified Review

Haven’t been to a movie theater in a long time. I saw the previews and thought it would be a great love movie. Very disappointed that I was fighting to stay awake. We left the movie before it got to the middle. What a waste of money!Should of been a Netflix or Hulu movie.

Taisha R
Verified Review

Shallow characters, poor acting, a 15 minute story stretched out to almost 2 hours. Absolutely painful.

Scott C


Feb 13, 2020

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.

Tim Grierson
Screen Daily
Feb 13, 2020

The Photograph is a romance-heavy star vehicle for Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield that’s deeply flawed but both sexy and thoughtful. Writer-director Stella Meghie’s fourth feature (after The Weekend, Everything Everything, Jean of the Joneses), thick and multi-layered with a lush and precise visual language, invites the audience to look beneath the surface of a standard meet-cute.

Metacritic review by Beandrea July
Beandrea July
The Hollywood Reporter
Feb 13, 2020

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.

Metacritic review by Candice Frederick
Candice Frederick