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Night Catches Us Reviews

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October 9, 2017
The result is a personal work of art rather than a docudrama, and it was a stirring début for Hamilton ...
September 8, 2017
Night Catches Us shouldn't be confused for something as blanket as "that black panther movie" or even a political movie, but more like a story about what it really takes to move on when you're so stuck on here.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 8, 2016
For those people who are looking for a revealing glimpse into that social/political/cultural movement, this poorly conceived ode to the Panthers is not illuminating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 3, 2015
The script undercuts the measured performances with blunt, melodramatic proclamations.
July 1, 2013
Despite some on-the-nose dialogue and a needless revelatory flourish toward the end, Hamilton gets at the strangeness of lived American history, in which violent ruptures leave behind poorly understood scars.
October 18, 2012
...Night Catches Us has a lived-in, almost languid feel, with artistic cinematography by David Tumblety capturing moments that are as perfectly framed as still photographs.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 3, 2011
February 1, 2011 Writer-director Tanya Hamilton and two of today's most gifted actors have produced a sensitive drama with a powerful conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 7, 2011
Tanya Hamilton's Night Catches Us, a snapshot of the post-Black Power movement era, suffers most from its structural deficiencies.
Full Review | Original Score: 54/100
January 7, 2011
Writer-director Tanya Hamilton has crafted an intriguing narrative even if she struggles to realize it onscreen.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 3, 2011
Tanya Hamilton directed her own script, and though her ending leaves loose ends dangling, the movie is refreshing for its seriousness and originality.
December 26, 2010
Attempts to pry the lid off a painful chapter of American history that textbook writers and elected officials would rather erase or whitewash.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 23, 2010
This is just another reminder there is a whole pool of acting talent in America, almost a whole film industry, that white audiences are largely unaware of.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 18, 2010
The real story here is the arrival of (director Tanya) Hamilton.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 17, 2010
Washington and Mackie both deliver deeply-felt performances in roles that are all about nuance, particularly when the text sometimes fails them.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.8/10
December 17, 2010
Except for a stellar soundtrack by the Roots, there isn't much here to make anyone overly excited.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 16, 2010
works in maddening shades of gray and pure, compelling lyricism to tell a tragic story about events that are neither right nor wrong, but somewhere in between
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 10, 2010
An excellent achievement for its ability to weave so many complex themes and shades of gray with such poise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 10, 2010
Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington nearly rescue the piece but it just doesn't come together into anything memorable enough to recommend.
December 9, 2010
As a director, Hamilton makes Liv Ullmann look like an action movie director - and just for the record, Ullmann makes Ingmar Bergman look like Jerry Bruckheimer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 9, 2010
Its rhythm forces audiences to pay attention to what its superb actors express non-verbally, and to measure the weight of the characters' past lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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