The Night Listener Reviews

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Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
August 4, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: F
Pete Hammond
Maxim
August 5, 2006
Early reviews compare this to Hitchcock, but Hitch was never this obvious. Even at less than 90 minutes, this is a drawn-out, butt numbing sit.
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 4, 2006
To me, the movie is of interest only for its embrace -- of the eternal ambivalence with which writers tap the lives of people they know and/or love for their work.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 3, 2007
| Original Score: C
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
August 9, 2006
The best performance in the film comes from Toni Collette
Full Review | Original Score: C
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 4, 2006
80 percent a superb thriller, backloaded with 20 percent gotcha and goodbye. That's a scandalous way to treat a viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Matt Stevens
E! Online
August 4, 2006
The twisty but thin script is neither complex enough to be a fascinating character study nor exciting enough to be a satisfying thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 31, 2006
As far as topicality goes, The Night Listener's account of authorial deception certainly benefits from its parallels to the recent outing of JT Leroy as a fraud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
August 4, 2006
A slick, mostly engaging drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 6, 2006
The scenario encounters routine hollow patches, substituting dead air for the necessary tension required to drive the psychological points home.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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-
Top Critic
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 3, 2006
Ultimately, The Night Listener is more admirable for what it tries to be than for what it actually achieves.
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 4, 2006
It's a relief to see Williams underplaying for a change and letting us fill in the blanks, but the movie's suggestiveness gives way to a certain thinness and lassitude.
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
August 6, 2006
In Stettner's The Night Listener, Williams applies for his license to creep out the masses in a mopey and mediocre character study of atmospheric tension and chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
August 5, 2006
The story backs itself into a corner and gets lost trying to find a satisfactory way out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 9, 2006
Stettner keeps using Donna's evident disabilities, both physical and psychic, as opportunities for schlocky thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 5, 2006
...the puzzle presented by director Patrick Stettner (who co-wrote...with novel author Maupin and Terry Anderson) keep you intrigued though, in the end, unsatisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
Top Critic
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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August 5, 2006

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August 5, 2006

Irish Times
January 5, 2007
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