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Night on Earth

Night on Earth (1991)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

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Jim Jarmusch's deadpan comedy-of-the-night is a collection of five vignettes taking place in the enclosed space of a cab ride, each occurring simultaneously in five different cities and five different time zones -- Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, Rome, and Helsinki. The Los Angeles episode takes place at dusk, as high-powered casting agent Victoria (Gena Rowlands) gets a ride from L.A. International Airport with tomboy driver Corky (Winona Ryder), who would rather go on driving her cab than


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Sep 4, 2007

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Though it may take a while to get Jarmusch's gist, hang in there; by the time Tom Waits growls his lovely closing waltz over the credits, Jarmusch has shown us moments most filmmakers don't even notice.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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With this, his fourth commercially released feature, Mr. Jarmusch again demonstrates his mastery of comedy of the oblique.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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At the end, we have learned no great lessons and arrived at no thrilling conclusions, but we have shared the community of the night, when people are unbuttoned and vulnerable - more ready to speak about what's really on their minds.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Unfortunately, Jarmusch's lackadaisical minimalist aesthetic and his chronic lack of energy are the only unifying elements.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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"Night on Earth" sounds better than it turns out to be.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Night on Earth dawdles a bit, and a couple of the segments, notably the one in Helsinki, feel like half-baked epiphanies. Throughout, though, there are moments that catch you delightfully off guard.

December 12, 1991 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Takes us to places most other filmmakers never do.

October 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Jarmusch's most accessible exercise to date while also his least seen

February 13, 2008 Full Review Source:

Revisiting his interest in oblique comedy, Jarmusch explores a primal relationship, that of a passenger and taxi driver, using the cab as a temporary shared world, from which one party may emerge shaken up or feeling differently about himself/herself

September 16, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Almost good, but not quite there.

November 14, 2005

Beautiful color cityscapes

August 13, 2005
Classic Film and Television

A clever glimpse of the human condition via taxi drivers and their passengers in five different cities

July 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Flawed by fascinating

August 7, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's as though this cab ride of a movie keeps moving forward with no clear destination or purpose.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Jarmusch's movies aren't for everyone - but for the sophisticated audience he pursues there are sometimes great rewards.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Night on Earth

I may be over inflating the rating by just a bit (maybe a half-star too many), but this movie, or better yet, collection of five related vignettes really got to be on a deep level. This ended up being the perfect movie for a stay at home dinner/movie date. The connection between the five stories is that they all take place on the same night in five different cities around the world, and each story looks at the interaction between a cabbie and their passenger(s). In the end, this becomes a connection of character studies, of life itself, and how it seems that only at night are people truly open with their words and feelings. It's quirky, funny (at times down right hilarious), and ultimately moving and heartfelt. Check this one out. Unlike Rachel Getting Married (among others), this is an indie film that doesn't suck.
May 18, 2013
Chris Weber

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With this collection of shorts Jarmusch still has done no wrong. I especially love the first sequence with Gena Rowlands and Winona Ryder as well as the sequence with Giancarlo Esposito and Rosie Perez.
July 22, 2012
Graham Jones

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I so don't believe Winona Ryder as a cab driver but I think that's the point.
April 29, 2011

Super Reviewer

Jarmusch once said "The beauty of life is in small details, not in big events". Watch Night on Earth to understand exactly what he means by that. A great cast in a great collection of short films, brilliant, the best of American independent cinema.
December 31, 2010

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    1. Gino: A bishop; he weighs more like a cardinal!
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    1. Helmut Grokenberger: We have the same head.
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    1. Victoria Snelling: [speaking to her ringing cell phone] Oh shut up!
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