The Night Listener (2006)



Critic Consensus: This psychological thriller compels by blurring the line between truth and fiction; unfortunately, the film itself gets muddled in a hazy account of Maupin's original novel.

Movie Info

A man whose life has been touched by tragic illness is drawn into the life of another victim whose story has an unsettling twist in this drama. Gabriel Noone (Robin Williams) is a radio talk show host who has developed a loyal following for his deeply personal on-air monologues, many of which deal with his relationship with his companion Jess (Bobby Cannavale), who is HIV-positive and struggling with his health. When Jess' condition improves, he surprises Gabriel by announcing he needs his space … More

Rating: R (for language and some disquieting sexual content)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Patrick Stettner, Armistead Maupin, Terry Anderson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 9, 2007
Box Office: $7.8M
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Critic Reviews for The Night Listener

All Critics (139) | Top Critics (36)

This thriller about books, belief and betrayal covers topical terrain -- JT LeRoy and James Frey, anyone? -- but itself proves unbelievable.

Full Review… | October 7, 2006
Top Critic

The plot dawdles along, intrigue gives way to risible melodrama, and [director] Patrick Stettner fails to get to grips with the issues.

Full Review… | September 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film's over-leveraged plot imparts diminishing results as its predictable revelation arrives with an unsatisfying anticlimax.

Full Review… | April 21, 2009

The Night Listener shamelessly jerks its audence this way and that, until it arrives at its lacklustre anti-climactic conclusion.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009

Even at 82 minutes, the film seems padded out, spinning its wheels and generating no suspense once the central, easily answered question is introduced.

Full Review… | August 25, 2007

One of those films where it's easy to recognize something's going on and there's interesting intentions but it just never comes together.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Night Listener

A creepy and unsettling film. Robin Williams' performance was excellently suited to the character in this suspense film. I only wish we could have seen more of Sandra Oh.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

The concept is good, but there's nothing beyond that here. Direction, acting, screenplay, background score: everything seemed too phony and quite ineffective here. There are too many inconsistencies in the movie and I couldn't help feeling distracted and, at times, bored. If you're suffering from insomnia, The Night Listener might be of some use to you.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Not very good at all. Very slow film with very little happening in it all based around one plot idea. Based on true events, however at 76 mins long there just isn't enough to interest you.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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