A Midnight Clear Reviews

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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
December 4, 2013
A Midnight Clear doesn't do as much as it might with its characters. But as a parable of human folly and fragile hope, it has considerable impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 4, 2013
[Gordon] clearly relishes the story's many ironies, and he's often successful at sharing his enjoyment of them with us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
December 4, 2013
It's so determined to be haunting that it gives up the ghost.
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
December 4, 2013
A Midnight Clear -- not quite a great war movie but certainly a sensitive, bright and supremely moral one -- shows how courage itself can be a kind of insanity.
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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune
December 4, 2013
Despite such peculiarities, or perhaps because of them, A Midnight Clear has a quirky, haunting quality, delivering good performances all around, but especially from Sinise, Hawke and Frank Whaley.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 4, 2012
This fable about the futility of the war benefits not only from fine performances but an intelligent and literate offscreen narration that enhances the movie's conceptual integrity.
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Colette Maude
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The performances are uniformly excellent as the film moves inexorably towards bloody confrontation and spiritual reckoning.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
In A Midnight Clear, just about everything works.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
...It's a good film, and Gordon is uncanny in the way he suggests the eerie forest mysteries that permeate all of the action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
...Gordon shows the kind of filmmaking talent that creates genuine excitement.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A Midnight Clear tells a wartime yarn that's quietly, often lyrically, winning.