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Cold Comes The Night (2013)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 23

Despite strong performances from Bryan Cranston and Alice Eve, Cold Comes the Night is undone by a series of illogical plot twists.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 7

Despite strong performances from Bryan Cranston and Alice Eve, Cold Comes the Night is undone by a series of illogical plot twists.



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A dangerous criminal Bryan Cranston) takes a desperate hotel owner (Alice Eve) and her young daughter (Ursula Parker) hostage in a last-ditch effort to retrieve his missing cash from a corrupt cop in this edge-of-your-seat thriller from writer/director Tze Chun (Children of Invention). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Tze Chun, Oz Perkins

Mar 4, 2014


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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (23) | DVD (1)

"Cold Comes the Night" provides Eve with an opportunity to showcase yet another side of her talent.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source:
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A bland and preposterous thriller in which Alice Eve and Bryan Cranston play unlikely partners in crime.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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A tense little thriller that provides juicy roles for its deft lead actors, Alice Eve and Bryan Cranston, as well as some well-played action and several neat twists.

January 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Cold Comes the Night is a serviceable low-budget thriller with a pair of strong lead performances and intermittently suspenseful scenes.

January 9, 2014 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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It's hard not to be impatient with a movie as openly lazy as "Cold Comes the Night," which is redeemed only by its performances.

January 9, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Cranston, in a fake beard and dark glasses, seems to be enjoying his goofy act. Trouble is, this isn't the kind of movie in which goofy earns goodwill.

January 9, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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The plot and characters all appear to be consequences of a group of writers that just didn't have a single iota of originality among the three of them, and as a result, it's simply not worth your time.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source:

...a better-than-average thriller...

February 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Derails in the end, trying to neatly wrap-up a picture that demands a more sophisticated conclusion, but the basics sustain allure, especially when they're competently performed.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source:

Cranston's accent is Dick-Van-Dyke-in-Mary-Poppins-bad.

January 13, 2014 Full Review Source: What the Flick?!

The film will leave you positively chilly ... and wishing Eve's talents had been suited by a better movie.

January 11, 2014 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Viewers who aren't desperate to see Bryan Cranston play an offshoot of Walter White would do well to instead seek out past noirs that have made more out of this premise.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: amNewYork

Might have been at least a little diverting had even an ounce of ingenuity been applied.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Perfectly serviceable B-movie noir.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

You want to root for this little movie because it works so hard. But, finally, to not nearly enough effect.

January 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Suspenseful, low-budget neo-noir thriller, loaded with a pervasive aura of treacherous violence and atmospheric isolation.

January 9, 2014 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

A crime drama so forgettable it practically erases itself as it runs, Cold Comes The Night has just one real selling point: Bryan Cranston.

January 9, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Even with the likes of Cranston as its main adversary, Cold Comes the Night is pretty humdrum.

January 8, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Audience Reviews for Cold Comes The Night

three stars
February 19, 2014
MisterYoda ?

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Sometimes the fight of your life comes in the dead of night.

Good Film! Entertaining little movie. I can't come to any major complain in general. It was watchable and involving, had a very good pace and a convincing role of the lead criminal. Acting was fine. I also found the movie somehow natural and charming. Cold Comes the Night kept me tense and engaged all the way through. The characters were refreshingly multi-layered and the cinematography was fantastic.

A struggling motel owner and her daughter are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop.
February 1, 2014
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Tze Chun follows the money in Cold Comes the Night.This 90 minute crime drama flows at a slower, yet steady pace to reach its conclusion. The plot details reveal enough, but at the same time leaves a sense of mystery, and this is where this picture thrives, all the while leaving things to the imagination.Far from an action movie, it does have its share of violence. It wouldn't be a crime drama without it; however, the R-rated material is equally due to the language as it is the blood content.Alice Eve and Bryan Cranston put up some "cold" performances, which is what this film is going for. The latter is great to watch with his Polish accent. Logan Marshall-Green provides the more livelier of performances that works well in contrast to the two leads.Cold Comes the Night isn't perfect, but in the end it is a recommendable crime drama.
October 20, 2013
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

Surprisingly interesting and watchable crime thriller directed by Tze Chun, who co-wrote the script with Oz Perkins and Nick Simon. The film stars Alice Eve, Bryan Cranston, Logan Marshall-Green, Ursula Parker and Leo Fitzpatrick, and that wasn't bad casting.

A story of Chloe, a motel owner and a single mother living with her daughter Sophia was somehow familiar but still kept my interest until the end! When Topo, half blind man arrives in her motel traveling cross country with his associate John, there is a trouble! John spots a prostitute, Gwen, and they spend few hours together... of course, they get into an argument and John shoots her, waking Chloe up. She goes to investigate to find Gwen and John dead. But, that is not the end of the story!

This film is the second feature collaboration between director Tze Chun and producer Mynette Louie; their previous film Children of Invention premiered at Sundance in 2009. As I said, it was interesting and I even enjoyed some of the improbable screenplay solutions. Perfect for a cold nights with a big screen TV!
April 3, 2014
Panta Oz

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