• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Tanya Hamilton
    In Theaters:
    Dec 3, 2010 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 1, 2011
  • Magnolia Picutres


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Night Catches Us Reviews

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

Despite some on-the-nose dialogue and a needless revelatory flourish toward the end, Hamilton gets at the strangeness of lived American history, in which violent ruptures leave behind poorly understood scars.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

July 1, 2013
Sarah Boslaugh

...Night Catches Us has a lived-in, almost languid feel, with artistic cinematography by David Tumblety capturing moments that are as perfectly framed as still photographs.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 7/10

October 18, 2012
Nell Minow

February 1, 2011 Writer-director Tanya Hamilton and two of today's most gifted actors have produced a sensitive drama with a powerful conclusion.

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: B+

February 3, 2011
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

Tanya Hamilton's Night Catches Us, a snapshot of the post-Black Power movement era, suffers most from its structural deficiencies.

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 54/100

January 7, 2011
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat

Writer-director Tanya Hamilton has crafted an intriguing narrative even if she struggles to realize it onscreen.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

January 7, 2011
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Tanya Hamilton directed her own script, and though her ending leaves loose ends dangling, the movie is refreshing for its seriousness and originality.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 3, 2011
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Attempts to pry the lid off a painful chapter of American history that textbook writers and elected officials would rather erase or whitewash.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 3/5

December 26, 2010
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This is just another reminder there is a whole pool of acting talent in America, almost a whole film industry, that white audiences are largely unaware of.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

December 23, 2010
Mike Scott

The real story here is the arrival of (director Tanya) Hamilton.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 18, 2010

Washington and Mackie both deliver deeply-felt performances in roles that are all about nuance, particularly when the text sometimes fails them.

Full Review Source: DCist | Original Score: 6.8/10

December 17, 2010
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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Except for a stellar soundtrack by the Roots, there isn't much here to make anyone overly excited.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 17, 2010
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

works in maddening shades of gray and pure, compelling lyricism to tell a tragic story about events that are neither right nor wrong, but somewhere in between

Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 5/5

December 16, 2010
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

An excellent achievement for its ability to weave so many complex themes and shades of gray with such poise.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 10, 2010
Brian Tallerico

Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington nearly rescue the piece but it just doesn't come together into anything memorable enough to recommend.

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com

December 10, 2010
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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As a director, Hamilton makes Liv Ullmann look like an action movie director - and just for the record, Ullmann makes Ingmar Bergman look like Jerry Bruckheimer.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

December 9, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Its rhythm forces audiences to pay attention to what its superb actors express non-verbally, and to measure the weight of the characters' past lives.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

December 9, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The film leads to no showy conclusion, no spectacular climax. It is about movement possible within the soul even in difficult times.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 9, 2010
Matt Pais

Sometimes [the film] wisely demonstrates that even in a volatile time and place, there's a time and place to take action. Other times it feels like a shorthand lesson for kids.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 3/5

December 9, 2010
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A poorly-paced, bland and underwhelming drama that can't be saved by its authentic production values nor by Washington and Mackie's strong performances.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 5.21/10

December 3, 2010
Mark Jenkins

The movie evokes its time and place so potently that it almost doesn't matter that Hamilton's script proves unequal to her vision.

Full Review Source: NPR.org

December 3, 2010
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