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The Night of the Hunter Reviews

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
A gut-churning Gothic frightmare that is part religious allegory, cautionary tale and fairytale that warns of false prophets and predatory wolves.
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TIME Magazine
October 7, 2008
It is a garish, unbelievable but fairly exciting nightmare.
Trevor Lewis
Empire Magazine
September 24, 2007
A monochrome masterpiece, pure cinematic alchemy and just about every other superlative that spells genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Film4
September 24, 2007
An overlooked gem in the history of American film, this creepy curio incorporates elements of horror, noir, thriller and fairy tale.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
August 28, 2007
Ultimately the source of its style and power is mysterious -- it is a film without precedents, and without any real equals
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Variety Staff
Variety
August 28, 2007
This start for Gregory as producer and Laughton as director is rich in promise but the completed product, bewitching at times, loses sustained drive via too many offbeat touches that have a misty effect.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
April 21, 2007
Corny, yes; pretentious, sure; overwrought, definitely -- but every frame of it is thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
All this has been crisply compacted into clear screen drama by the late James Agee and it is put forth under the direction of Mr. Laughton in stark, rigid visual terms.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
It's the most haunted and dreamlike of all American films, a gothic backwoods ramble with the Devil at its heels.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 17, 2005
[Powell's] glibly superficial moralizing is epitomized by an infantile hand-play… [Gish's character] provides an undistorted counterpoint to Powell's diseased religiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
Laughton and cinematographer Stanley Cortez definitely create some very memorable imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 19, 2005
Half a century later, actor Charles sLaughton's only film as a director, is as still riveting, haunting, and impressive on any level. Like other masterpieces, it was both an artistic and commercial flop when initially released in 1955.
Full Review | Original Score: A
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
March 21, 2005
One of the most legitimately scary thrillers ever made.
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 21, 2004
Charles Laughton's only directorial effort is a work of inspired brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
May 10, 2003
One of the most subversive pictures of the '50s
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
November 24, 2002
A juxtaposition of light and dark which can be as satisfying and inspirational as it is bleak and disturbing.
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
November 11, 2002
Very disturbing.
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
October 20, 2002
I can't think of another film that so deftly established that what you were watching inhabited the space between waking and dreaming.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Larry Carroll
Countingdown.com
September 27, 2002
Classic film that just hasn't dated very well. Mitchum gives a tremendous performance, but the rest of the movie elements don't hold up so well.
| Original Score: 3/5
August 30, 2002
Robert Mitchum is perfectly cast as the sinister reverend who's had 25 wives, done away with them all, and looking for the next widow that the good Lord will provide.
| Original Score: 4/5
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