Night Moves


Night Moves

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Private eye Harry Moseby is hired by actress Arlene Iverson to locate her missing daughter Delly. Moseby follows a twisting trail of clues to Delly and returns her to her mother. When Delly is killed in a freak accident, Moseby investigates the girl's death and discovers that she was murdered.

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Critic Reviews for Night Moves

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (3)

  • Night Moves is a paradox: a suspenseless suspenser, very well cast with players who lend sustained interest to largely synthetic theatrical characters.

    Jul 23, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • One of Penn's best features; his direction of actors is sensitive and purposeful throughout.

    Jul 23, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Essential viewing.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • One of the best psychological thrillers in a long time, probably since Don't Look Now. It has an ending that comes not only as a complete surprise... but that also pulls everything together in a new way, one we hadn't thought of before.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • An elegant conundrum, a private-eye film that has its full share of duplicity, violence, and bizarre revelation, but whose mind keeps straying from questions of pure narrative to those of the hero's psyche.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
  • Hackman perfectly embodies the faded knight errant being eaten up by the simple desire to know The Truth and thus somehow redeem his misspent life.

    Jul 23, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Night Moves

  • Jun 28, 2014
    Even if the domestic problems plaguing Hackman's character seem a bit forced, all the stuff about him trying desperately to inhabit the role of a hard boiled Private Eye and failing is fascinating. Also, its got one hell of an ending.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    "Night Moves" is worth a watch simply because of its noir-like plot and impressive lead performance from Gene Hackman. Arthur Penn's direction is unbalanced in areas and his overall treatment of an otherwise decent screenplay isn't outstanding, but the film has individual moments where it shines. "Night Moves" is muddled and technically subpar, but it's one of those 70s relics that's worth at least a single viewing.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Nov 15, 2011
    Noir is such a provocative genre. There are so many likable characteristics about it. Each noir film has an underlying meaning, and they all deal with dark themes: greed, murder, corruption. It's impossible not to enjoy watching a mystery as it unfolds. Arthur Penn's Night Moves is good example of noir, but it isn't a fantastic film. Why? The story is intriguing enough and it certainly holds many of the traits found in film noir, but it just doesn't have the "oomph" that it needs. You understand what I mean? Night Moves is a good film, but it needs to be a great film. With a story like this, it has to be. I don't blame the cast or really even the direction. In fact, I'm not sure who to blame. Just know that the blame goes to someone, even if that someone doesn't have a face. This film is just a slight tick above average, when it should be powerful. It's a film about morals, family morals. The message is there, black and white. But Night Moves just doesn't have the... Well, I'm done trying to explain. Gene Hackman continues to impress me with these younger roles. He is a fine actor and I see that now. His work nowadays doesn't really even being to compare with his 70's and 80's filmography. Here in Night Moves, his performance is one of the most attractive things. It's one of the best things that this film has to offer. Just don't go into Night Moves with high expectations, like the critics will get you to believe with their 4/4 star ratings. This is not a fabulous picture. This is not even a great noir. It's a good noir, and watch it because of that. There's no real mystery to look for. It's just all in the message. And that's what counts.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2011
    An interesting neo-noir thriller but that is not near the masterpiece some critics make it be. Doesn't hold a candle to Arthur Penn's real masterpiece, "Bonnie and Clyde"
    Matheus C Super Reviewer

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