Opening

64% The Maze Runner Sep 19
56% This Is Where I Leave You Sep 19
—— A Walk Among the Tombstones Sep 19
82% Tracks Sep 19
92% The Guest Sep 17

Top Box Office

13% No Good Deed $24.3M
73% Dolphin Tale 2 $15.9M
92% Guardians of the Galaxy $8.1M
19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $4.9M
20% Let's Be Cops $4.4M
88% The Drop $4.1M
37% If I Stay $3.9M
36% The November Man $2.8M
33% The Giver $2.6M
67% The Hundred-Foot Journey $2.4M

Coming Soon

68% The Equalizer Sep 26
69% The Boxtrolls Sep 26
86% The Two Faces of January Sep 26
—— Two Night Stand Sep 26
91% Jimi: All Is by My Side Sep 26

Premieres Tonight

—— Brickleberry: Season 3
—— The Mindy Project: Season 3
—— New Girl: Season 4

New Episodes Tonight

88% Finding Carter: Season 1
67% Matador: Season 1
83% Sons of Anarchy: Season 7

Discuss Last Night's Shows

71% Dallas: Season 3
62% Under the Dome: Season 2

Mother Night (1996)

tomatometer

50

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

No consensus yet.

audience

76

liked it
Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 2,375

My Rating

Movie Info

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. once summarized the moral of his novel Mother Night like so: "We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be." In Keith Gordon's film adaptation of Vonnegut's book, Nick Nolte stars as Howard W. Campbell Jr., an American playwright living in Germany shortly before the U.S. entered World War II. Campbell is essentially apolitical; if he sometimes hobnobs with Nazi leaders, it's only because they're VIPs in his time, place, and social circle, and

R,

Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Aug 22, 2000

New Line Home Entertainment

Watch It Now

Cast

ADVERTISEMENT

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (9) | DVD (9)

Nick Nolte is excellent in Keith Gordon's ambitious but flawed adaptation of Vonnegut's fascinating novel.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Surprisingly good Vonnegut adaptation

July 14, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

Helps us to see that there is no escaping the burdens of living in a political world.

August 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Wonderfully mysterious and emotionally draining.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

Audience Reviews for Mother Night

Unusual and thoughtful character study featuring a great perfomance from Nick Nolte. Perfectly captures the tone of Vonnegut's intelligent but offbeat writing style. A forgotten gem.
December 11, 2006
garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Tight script and direction with some good performances in this underrated WW2 drama.
July 2, 2008
threefolddado

Super Reviewer

    1. Howard W. Campbell Jr.: You know, in spite of everything, I still believe that people are basically good at heart.
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. Howard W. Campbell Jr.: People should be changed by world wars. Otherwise, what are world wars for?
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. Howard W. Campbell Jr.: You must be careful what you pretend to be, because, in the end, you are what you pretend to be.
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. Howard W. Campbell Jr.: It was every playwright's secret dream, to create the most challenging role I could imagine, and then play the part myself.
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. Howard W. Campbell Jr.: I'm not a political man, I'm just not. I'm an artist.. If a war comes, it's just going to have to get along without me.
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. Howard W. Campbell Jr.: I'm not a political man, I'm just not. I'm an artist.. If a war comes, it's just going to have to get along without me.
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
View all quotes (8)

Discussion Forum

Discuss Mother Night on our Movie forum!

What's Hot On RT

Red Carpet Roundup
Red Carpet Roundup

100 pics from Toronto Film Fest

Hunger Games
Hunger Games

New Mockingjay - Part 1 trailer

New on DVD & Blu-Ray
New on DVD & Blu-Ray

Godzilla, The Fault in Our Stars

Boardwalk Empire
Boardwalk Empire

New reviews for "Good Listener"

Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile