Opening

17% Transcendence Apr 18
—— A Haunted House 2 Apr 18
54% Heaven Is for Real Apr 16
87% Bears Apr 18
53% Fading Gigolo Apr 18

Top Box Office

89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier $41.3M
48% Rio 2 $39.3M
71% Oculus $12.0M
63% Draft Day $9.8M
77% Noah $7.6M
40% Divergent $7.4M
13% God's Not Dead $5.5M
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel $4.1M
79% Muppets Most Wanted $2.3M
78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman $1.9M

Coming Soon

44% The Other Woman Apr 25
—— Brick Mansions Apr 25
73% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 May 02
100% Neighbors May 09
—— Godzilla May 16

New Episodes Tonight

—— Anger Management: Season 2
92% Community: Season 5
55% The Crazy Ones: Season 1
100% Grey's Anatomy: Season 10
90% Parenthood: Season 5
100% Parks and Recreation: Season 6
100% Portlandia: Season 4
55% Reign: Season 1
0% Saint George: Season 1
100% Scandal: Season 3
73% Sirens: Season 1
68% Surviving Jack: Season 1
92% Vikings: Season 2

Discuss Last Night's Shows

72% The 100: Season 1
97% The Americans: Season 2
100% Arrow: Season 2
—— Baby Daddy: Season 3
—— Hot in Cleveland: Season 5
100% Legit: Season 2
—— Melissa & Joey: Season 3
36% Mixology: Season 1
—— The Soul Man: Season 3
—— Workaholics: Season 4

Certified Fresh TV

77% About a Boy: Season 1
97% The Americans: Season 2
82% The Blacklist: Season 1
88% Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 1
85% Enlisted: Season 1
98% Fargo: Season 1
98% Game of Thrones: Season 4
100% Hannibal: Season 2
96% Silicon Valley: Season 1

Twilight (1998)

tomatometer

59

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 54
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 22

It suffers from a frustratingly deliberate pace, but with nuanced performances from Paul Newman, Gene Hackman, Susan Sarandon, and Reese Witherspoon to fall back on, Twilight can't help but be compelling.

46

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 7

It suffers from a frustratingly deliberate pace, but with nuanced performances from Paul Newman, Gene Hackman, Susan Sarandon, and Reese Witherspoon to fall back on, Twilight can't help but be compelling.

audience

31

liked it
Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 4,048

My Rating

Movie Info

The Nobody's Fool (1994) team of Paul Newman, director Robert Benton, and scripter Richard Russo reassembled for this L.A. detective drama, beginning with a Puerto Vallarta prologue showing private eye Harry Ross (Newman) accidentally shot by 17-year-old Mel Ames (Reese Witherspoon) during his efforts to get her to return home. Two years later, the broke and divorced Ross lives in a garage apartment on the estate of Mel's parents, his movie-star friends Jack and Catherine Ames (Gene Hackman and

R,

Mystery & Suspense

Robert Benton, Richard Russo

Oct 6, 1998

Paramount Pictures

Watch It Now

Cast

ADVERTISEMENT

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (22) | DVD (3)

Despite its pluses, despite trying to do all the right things, Twilight comes up lacking in both energy and plot, two areas that no noir, geezer or otherwise, can afford to be caught short in.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The movie's story is too obvious in its message, and too absurd in its plotting.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Part of Twilight's charm is the way it reconfigures Rio Bravo, El Dorado, and Rio Lobo in the process of making its own discoveries, not so much imitating or appropriating the earlier films as applying their strategies to goals quite alien to Hawks.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
Top Critic IconTop Critic

A fascinating, elegantly plotted yarn that offers a haunting perspective on who we seem to be, who we are and what really counts.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The movie has a hazy, sleepy, and sad look that reminded me (favorably) of Chinatown. Brilliant.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Never less than engaging and intelligent.

November 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

neither day nor night and neither fish nor fowl. The picture swaggers from moody mystery to raunchy comedy, and neither style is Benton or Russo's forte.

July 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

If this movie were cast with no-name actors or even rising stars, it would only be boring and undistinguished. But with a bill full of high-powered names like these, it's a downright disappointment.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Imagine a Medicare version of the private eye Paul Newman played in both "Harper" (1966) and "The Drowning Pool" (1976), and you have "Twilight."

January 2, 2003 Full Review
Critics Inc./America Online

Mr. Benton's smart script, co-written with Richard Russo, allows the fine cast to explore honor, betrayal and desire among people who have lived long enough to know who they really are.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

A slow moving mystery film that won't appeal to all audiences. It's so good to see this cast working together that you're willing to forgive the film's little shortcomings.

September 27, 2002
Countingdown.com

As noir, Twilight is a class act.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

In the diminishment of his life, an elder nurtures magnanimity and wears it well.

March 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

This smart neo-noir is pretty enjoyable, but it's too dumb for its own good.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Director Robert Benton and cowriter Richard Russo have embellished the script with witty repartee that bears comparison with the best of Chandler and Hammett.

January 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

If you are a fan of these stars, or of the genre of film noir, you don't want to miss this movie.

January 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

A frustratingly muddled film.

January 1, 2000

While it is always a pleasure to watch such heavyweights hold the screen together ... they deserved far more for their efforts than an emaciated potboiler that finally boils dry.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Drably conventional and obvious.

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

Too much of it feels like a movie made by geezers, with geezers and for geezers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

As a chance to see some old Hollywood luminaries act together, the show delivers. Why they weren't given a decent script is the movie's real mystery.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

With such a competent cast, you can't help but expect more from this film, but while the acting is all right, the directing and scripting rarely stretches beyond the pedestrian.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Robert Benton's noir thriller could use a shot of adrenaline.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Twilight

Cast is far above the material in this throwback try at a noir in color. If you like any of the actors worth checking out.
July 22, 2011
jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A decent slow paced thriller, more of a detective story really. It has a great cast Gene Hackman, Susan Sarandon, Paul Newman and a very early, memorable role for Reese Witherspoon. If you like detective stories and a plot with a slight twist you might like this, but it could do with a bit more action at least. It seems to have slipped by most people but it's worth a watch if it's on.
December 5, 2009
Deano78

Super Reviewer

Twilight: There is a number of movies out there with the title just plain Twilight, they seem to come out every few years. This is not the 2009 Vampire Movie Twilight. This is the 1998 Twilight Movie with Paul Newman, Gene Hackman, Resse Witherspoon, James Garner and Stockard Channing. Director Robert Benton has crafted a film reminiscent of the 1940's. With this lineup you expect a great movie and that?s what you get. Remember keep your mind open to the fact it was filmed in 1998 and not 2008. Newman plays the part of a ex-cop now Private Detective who retires after being shot by Hackman?s Daughter. The film opens with P.I. Harry Ross (Paul Newman) down in Mexico tracking down the minor daughter of Jack Ames (Gene Hackman), they wrestle and she gets Newman's gun and shoots him in the leg, so sets up the fact that Newman lives in Hackman?s guess house doing odd jobs for him. One job is Newman is handed an envelope and told to give it to female at an address, he goes there only to find a wounded man with a pistol, so starts the twisted mystery with more turns then a Californian Mountain Road. Its an excellent movie that should be seen by all. 4 stars.
July 29, 2009
bbcfloridabound
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

So many good actors and actresses, but the movie is a total "flop". The book Twilight by Stephenie Meyer is more better than this movie.
March 6, 2008
husky10000years

Super Reviewer

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Twilight on our Movie forum!

What's Hot On RT

Critics Consensus
Critics Consensus

Transcendence is a Sci-Fi Snooze

Total Recall
Total Recall

Johnny Depp's Best Movies

24 Frames
24 Frames

Picture gallery of movie bears

Good Friday
Good Friday

50 movie posters gallery

Summer Movies
Summer Movies

10 most anticipated blockbusters

Latest News on Twilight

August 29, 2005:
Trailer Bulletin: The Ice Harvest
Harold Ramis' ensemble heist comedy "The Ice Harvest" doesn't hit the screens for a few...

Foreign Titles

  • Twilight (1998) (DE)
  • Twilight (1998) (CA)
Find us on:                 
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile