The Night Listener Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 21, 2009
The film's over-leveraged plot imparts diminishing results as its predictable revelation arrives with an unsatisfying anticlimax.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
February 2, 2009
The Night Listener shamelessly jerks its audence this way and that, until it arrives at its lacklustre anti-climactic conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
August 25, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Ryan Cracknell
Calgary Movies
June 21, 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.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 16, 2007
The talents of Williams and Collette are wasted in this ultimately silly psychological thriller that aspires to explore the line dividing perception from reality,"
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 10, 2007
...effectively captures the essence of the novel without slavishly adhering to its every nuance...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
A somber storyline, empty scares and a deceptive ending are not likely to spell box-office success.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 19, 2007
A strange and creepy film about lonely people who are more than a little crazy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeff Otto
cinemaobsession.com
January 11, 2007
A small suspense-thriller to scratch your Hitchcockian itch.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 8, 2007
...never got me involved enough with its main character or its supporting characters to make me feel one way or another about them or their predicaments.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 2, 2006
Seemingly looking for a M. Night Shyamalan moment.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 7, 2006
This thriller about books, belief and betrayal covers topical terrain -- JT LeRoy and James Frey, anyone? -- but itself proves unbelievable.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 1, 2006
While the film claims to be based on real-life events in the life of author Armistead Maupin, there are more than a couple of sequences that strain credibility, causing the audience to question its veracity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
September 23, 2006
Robin Williams's face is permanently on its smiling-through-emotional-pain setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
September 23, 2006
The plot dawdles along, intrigue gives way to risible melodrama, and [director] Patrick Stettner fails to get to grips with the issues.
David Hughes
Empire Magazine
September 23, 2006
The Night Listener is intriguing, thought-provoking and harrowing by turns, with fine central and supporting performances and a richly satisfying feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Hanks
Independent
September 23, 2006
You should find this watchable and moderately clever; it's just a shame that it tries to sound weighty about truth and love, instead of getting on with being scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
September 23, 2006
However, the film brushes over certain elements of the book (most notably Gabriel's relationship with his partner) and shies away from its more important themes (AIDS, child abuse etc), leaving the equivalent of a sanitised TV version of the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Adam Frisch
FilmStew.com
August 21, 2006
Maupin has, in the past, penned many yarns in which suspense and sentiment have had a quirky and efficacious symbiosis. Here, there is virtually no suspense -- only sentiment.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 20, 2006
There's absolutely nothing wrong with this movie that a good story wouldn't fix.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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