Night Catches Us - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Night Catches Us Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
The script undercuts the measured performances with blunt, melodramatic proclamations.
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
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.
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
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
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
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+
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
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
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
January 7, 2011
Writer-director Tanya Hamilton has crafted an intriguing narrative even if she struggles to realize it onscreen.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
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
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
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
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
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
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
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.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 9, 2010
The film leads to no showy conclusion, no spectacular climax. It is about movement possible within the soul even in difficult times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
December 9, 2010
Sometimes [the film] wisely demonstrates that even in a volatile time and place, there's a time and place to take action. Other times it feels like a shorthand lesson for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
December 3, 2010
A poorly-paced, bland and underwhelming drama that can't be saved by its authentic production values nor by Washington and Mackie's strong performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.21/10
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