A Midnight Clear Reviews

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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
December 4, 2013
A Midnight Clear doesn't do as much as it might with its characters. But as a parable of human folly and fragile hope, it has considerable impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 4, 2013
[Gordon] clearly relishes the story's many ironies, and he's often successful at sharing his enjoyment of them with us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
December 4, 2013
This film about a real incident that occurred near the end of World War II is involving, always focused and affectingly acted.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
December 4, 2013
A powerful tragedy full of surprises and visual style.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
December 4, 2013
Keith Gordon's adap of William Wharton's novel is low on action, long on mood and psychological complexity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
December 4, 2013
It's so determined to be haunting that it gives up the ghost.
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
December 4, 2013
A Midnight Clear -- not quite a great war movie but certainly a sensitive, bright and supremely moral one -- shows how courage itself can be a kind of insanity.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
December 4, 2013
Much of it has a seriousness and intelligence that are all too rare on today's movie scene.
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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune
December 4, 2013
Despite such peculiarities, or perhaps because of them, A Midnight Clear has a quirky, haunting quality, delivering good performances all around, but especially from Sinise, Hawke and Frank Whaley.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
December 4, 2013
"In combat, confusion is normal," an Army manual helpfully pointed out in World War II. That same confusion seems to have infected A Midnight Clear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 4, 2012
This fable about the futility of the war benefits not only from fine performances but an intelligent and literate offscreen narration that enhances the movie's conceptual integrity.
Rob Gonsalves
July 6, 2010
It acknowledges war as a fact, but embraces pacifism.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

December 5, 2008
This skilful adaptation of William Wharton's novel creates close relationships between each character. Strong performances and precise direction help maintain them to the surprise ending.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 4, 2006
The pristine, snowbound setting gives the film a still, other-worldly quality, and makes for some arresting images, particularly that of a German and an American corpse frozen in a posthumous embrace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colette Maude
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The performances are uniformly excellent as the film moves inexorably towards bloody confrontation and spiritual reckoning.
Christopher Null
July 18, 2005
An all-star cast makes it wholly worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
In A Midnight Clear, just about everything works.
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
September 20, 2002
One of the most underrated films of the '90s
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
One of the best war movies you've (probably) never seen.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 29, 2002
Delves into the strain of war on the human spirit and our dependency upon community in the face of senseless death.
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