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Color of Night

Color of Night (1994)



Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 12

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When New York psychiatrist Bill Capa (Bruce Willis, in an uncharacteristically un-smirking performance) visits Los Angeles to take over his murdered colleague's therapy group, he finds himself embroiled in the thick of a mystery when he bumps into (literally) Rosa (Jane March) and begins a torrid affair. Double-identities, death threats and love scenes abound as he delves deeper into the case to uncover the truth about his friend's death. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Billy Ray, Matthew Chapman

May 15, 2001

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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (36) | DVD (1)

The killer may find his target, but Color of Night fails to hit the nail on the head by a frustrating margin.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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I'm tempted to go ahead and explain just exactly how transparent -- and implausible -- this mystery is. But then I don't want to spoil it for people who are even worse than I am at this sort of thing. People like Forrest Gump.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Mundane sex scenes, a standard L.A. car chase and Bakula's outrageously gory death scene (which plays like an unintentional parody) are all part of the predictable script.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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The plot gets so convoluted and farfetched that you still may be scratching your head after the denouement, but you probably won't be bored.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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It's a psycho-erotic thriller with more twists and shocks than the rattlesnake which, at one point, leaps out at star Bruce Willis-from a location we won't describe. (It would spoil one of the several dozen surprises.)

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Color of Night and North represent the nadir of Willis' plummeting film career. He can be a most engaging talent; his script selection of late has been awful.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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This is so awful it can't be missed.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

You thought brawny Bruce Willis couldn't play a brainy psychologist? You were right.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

The Color of Night tries for the same mix of black humor and clever plotting, but misses by a wide margin. It'll have you laughing at it, not with it, and if you pay the full $6, it'll have you, well, seeing red.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

A clear contender for Turkey of the Year made even more risible by much pretentious psychobabble.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

The director, and a few of the performers, make every effort to play against the material, hoping it will somehow emerge as sophisticated camp, but their efforts are futile.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The artfully superficial relationship between Bill and Rose works to the plot's advantage.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Worst of all, the film never develops much suspense.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

A tawdry yet tepid sexual psychological thriller that feels very atmospheric in its proposed mystiqueness.

January 20, 2006 | Comment (1)

A very guilty pleasure. Entertaining trash.

October 6, 2005
Fantastica Daily

A misfire

July 26, 2005

Atmospheric but empty

November 8, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Color of Night

It starts out as a good movie when Bruce's character takes over a college mate's psychology practice when he is murdered. It all goes down hill when Jane appears.
January 27, 2008
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

OHHH!! Very sexy and thriller film better than Basic Instinct I ever watched in director's cut on DVD. This film can make you feel more hot and thrilling.
August 26, 2007
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

A sexy thriller that is very twisted and not very exciting
February 2, 2007

Super Reviewer

interesting but silly, especially at the end
January 25, 2007
danny d

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    1. Martinez: Hmmm nice bush!
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