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Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) (2006)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 127
Fresh: 74 | Rotten: 53

This Russian horror/fantasy film pits darkness and light against each other using snazzy CGI visuals to create an extraordinary atmosphere of a dank, gloomy city wrestling with dread.

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 18

This Russian horror/fantasy film pits darkness and light against each other using snazzy CGI visuals to create an extraordinary atmosphere of a dank, gloomy city wrestling with dread.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 101,997

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In modern day Moscow, supernatural armies of Good and Evil, Light and Darkness, gear up to do battle. Set on the gritty streets and subways, and harkening back to bloody medieval days, blood-suckers, changelings, and urban heroes are locked together in the ultimate battle.

Jun 20, 2006

$1.4M

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All Critics (128) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (74) | Rotten (53) | DVD (23)

The punchy, nonstop visual effects crowd out coherent storytelling.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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For a good hour and change, the film is a big toy box that teases you out of the Gloom.

July 7, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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It has a refreshing Old World take on a never-ending fantasy war between vampires and the forces of 'light.'

March 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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What a rabid beast is Night Watch. What a pungent Russian fantasy-horror cheeseathon.

March 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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This mostly incoherent, enormously eccentric helping of mayhem breaks into so many fragments that watching the movie can be a bit like trying to assemble the pieces from several jigsaw puzzles.

March 3, 2006
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Night Watch was one of the most popular movies ever released in Russia. That just proves there's no accounting for taste, in film or in human sacrifice.

March 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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An exciting, fun, and hauntingly beautiful piece of fantasy filmmaking...

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A convoluted FX smear

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Night Watch is a completely synthetic yet thoroughly original movie.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

...better than most of our domestic product...

January 19, 2009
Los Angeles CityBeat

... director Timur Bekmambetov makes excellent use of CGI to portray the paranormal events but avoids the silly martial arts extravagance of the UNDERWORLD movies.

July 4, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

If it all sounds silly, convoluted, and confusing, that's because it is silly, convoluted, and confusing. It's also a hell of a lot of fun.

January 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Baltimore City Paper
Baltimore City Paper

This muddled mess about the forces of (what else?) dark and light can barely hold itself together long enough to rip-off far better science fiction movies.

December 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Comment (1)
Big Picture Big Sound

uses fantasy, horror and gobsmacking special effects to explore the greyer areas of contemporary life.

August 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

I liked it, and if your tastes run as occasionally goofy as my own, you probably will too.

June 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

The entire production seems intent on creating a mood and trapping the audience in it until the very last frame is shown, and for a fantasy film, that's how it should be done.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

The film is fascinating - albeit sluggish - until the final reel. At that point, the vampire-hunter hero makes a crucial decision at odds with everything we know about his character.

October 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

Intriguing enough to build hope that the trilogy's next two parts can make this a reverse Matrix saga: A series that becomes more clear and compelling as it goes forward.

September 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

The resulting concoction will likely baffle anyone who isn't already a fantasy/horror aficionado, but those viewers who enjoy one of these genres will get a kick out of the universe Bekmambetov has created here.

July 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

...doesn't translate as much more than a formulaic, if promising, genre tale that's often difficult to follow yet equally hard to dismiss.

June 12, 2006 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

A huge hit in Russia, this horror movie is a testament to how desperate for entertainment they must be over there.

June 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comments (4)
Sacramento News & Review

Overly busy, very silly and, at times, kinda cool.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

Pops with visual momentum -- so much that by the end it's chaotic, and finally just insane.

April 7, 2006 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

For those of us who find Andrei Tarkovsky a little on the slow side, it's nice to see that there's life in Russian cinema after Eisenstein.

April 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor)

Night Watch is one of those films that tends to push the limits of a certain genre. The result is a film that displays something unique in terms of storytelling and direction. The film is a new breed on the vampire story, and though not perfect by any means, this one is still quite good and manages to be a roller coaster ride of action and horror from start to finish. At times, you get lost in the plot as you try to understand what is going on, but you do get caught up in the visuals, which is the strength of the film. The plot is good, but it is a multi-layered affair that you may need to revisit just so you get the big picture overall. The direction is stylish and well done with emphasis on action, and slow motion sequences. This film had the potential of being much better than what it turned out to be. Director Timur Bekmambetov always goes for visual presentation while giving the audience a so-so plot. Although the ideas for the plot are quite good, I found them all over the place and underdeveloped for the most part. If there would have been more attention for a cohesive storyline, than on the visuals, then this certainly would have been a great film. The result is an average movie with a good story, but like I said, it was all over the place and lacked flow. The performances were good, and the ideas displayed on-screen are what makes this one worth seeing. I enjoyed it, and I appreciated the fact that Bekmambetov tried to reinvent the genre, but he is a director that crafts films that are a bit hard to follow due to their unique look. Night Watch has its fair share of imperfections, but it is a good twist on vampire lore and it has plenty of new things to add to the genre.
May 5, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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There was a lot of hype surrounding this, Russia's take on the vampire myth in which the forces of light and darkness are policed by a group of shape shifting "others" in modern day Moscow. I must admit I was expecting a lot from this film but was rather disappointed. The plot is rather cliched and too easily resolved, with very predictable twists; in fact the so-called ending seemed like yet another film setting itself up as a franchise rather than presenting a credible self-contained story. There isn't that much in the way of action, and what there is is not particularly well handled as the director throws in far too many needless The Fast And The Furious style visual gimmicks; horror fans will also feel unsatisfied as there isn't much in the way of gore or frights either. Add to this the rather naff industrial-goth soundtrack and references to videogames and Buffy The Vampire Slayer and it all feels a little juvenile. It does have some nice sequences and it never bored me, but by the end I couldn't help wondering what all the fuss had been about. Constantine did something very similar and did it a lot better.
February 8, 2011
garyX
xGary Xx

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Incoherent, messy, rushed, and more than a little cheesy, but nonetheless has its visual thrills and inventiveness to compensate for all of its flaws, at least most of the time. The story is the part that's cheesy, pitting light and against dark in a modern day setting with vampire's and humans called "others". The different is if you choose the light or dark side. Light others are called night watchers because they make sure the dark ones do not break the peace treaty among the two, while dark ones are called day watchers and do the same thing for the light others. It's an interesting take on the old light vs. dark, but the movie doesn't know when to take interest in certain subplots and when to not. Many subplots lead to quick and unsatisfying ending, and the finale is incredibly anti-climactic. It does have a few twists I didn't see coming though, and the movie is never boring. It's frustrating and fascinating in almost equal measure.
October 4, 2010
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

Such a weird movie and almost incomprehensible at times, but that's kind've why it gets good after a while. The comedy is just sort of odd and everyone acts really animated and lively, it seemed like there was a style emerging. I think this movie is just so bloated and out of control that there was no way to make it easy for someone to grasp. There's a lot of mythology and prior knowledge that seems to be necessary before watching.
August 29, 2010
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