The Night Watchman

2011, Documentary, 1h 12m

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Martin watches over El Jardin, a large cemetery used by Mexico's most notorious drug lords.

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Critic Reviews for The Night Watchman

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (1)

  • The artful compositions tend to make the subject matter seem vaguely unreal; Almada's true subject isn't the drug war itself but the apathy of outside spectators.

    July 26, 2012 | Full Review…
  • After this experience, everything else seems trivial. There's nothing like death to make further discussion unnecessary.

    July 25, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Natalia Almada's eloquent documentary portrait of a sprawling graveyard in Culiacn, Mexico, in the northwestern state of Sinaloa

    June 13, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A piece of lyrical, sideways social reportage that still connects an astounding number of dots.

    June 12, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Sharply conveys what life is like in a traumatized nation.

    June 12, 2012
  • Almada's attention to sound-the wind blowing across the foliage creates immediate, almost spiritual engagement with her milieu and its inhabitants.

    June 22, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The artful compositions tend to make the subject matter seem vaguely unreal; Almada's true subject isn't the drug war itself but the apathy of outside spectators.

    July 26, 2012 | Full Review…
  • After this experience, everything else seems trivial. There's nothing like death to make further discussion unnecessary.

    July 25, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Natalia Almada's eloquent documentary portrait of a sprawling graveyard in Culiacn, Mexico, in the northwestern state of Sinaloa

    June 13, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A piece of lyrical, sideways social reportage that still connects an astounding number of dots.

    June 12, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This is observational filmmaking, with almost no talking heads or title cards or interviews with the subjects to clue us in on people's backstories or thoughts or feelings.

    June 22, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Despite its brief running time, enticing title and sociologically rich subject matter, The Night Watchman (El Velador) overstays its welcome.

    June 7, 2011

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