The Night of the Hunter - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Night of the Hunter Reviews

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December 3, 2010
... one of the most beautiful pastoral nightmares the cinema has seen.
November 28, 2010
...quite possibly the most disturbing American film I've ever seen.
Read More | Original Score: 90/100
November 24, 2010
an archetypal thriller that bounces relentlessly between hard-edged realism and exaggerated lyricism, giving the impression of a stylized nightmare
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 18, 2008
A gut-churning Gothic frightmare that is part religious allegory, cautionary tale and fairytale that warns of false prophets and predatory wolves.
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October 7, 2008
It is a garish, unbelievable but fairly exciting nightmare.
September 24, 2007
A monochrome masterpiece, pure cinematic alchemy and just about every other superlative that spells genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 24, 2007
An overlooked gem in the history of American film, this creepy curio incorporates elements of horror, noir, thriller and fairy tale.
August 28, 2007
Ultimately the source of its style and power is mysterious -- it is a film without precedents, and without any real equals
August 28, 2007
This start for Gregory as producer and Laughton as director is rich in promise but the completed product, bewitching at times, loses sustained drive via too many offbeat touches that have a misty effect.
April 21, 2007
Corny, yes; pretentious, sure; overwrought, definitely -- but every frame of it is thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 25, 2006
All this has been crisply compacted into clear screen drama by the late James Agee and it is put forth under the direction of Mr. Laughton in stark, rigid visual terms.
January 26, 2006
It's the most haunted and dreamlike of all American films, a gothic backwoods ramble with the Devil at its heels.
October 17, 2005
[Powell's] glibly superficial moralizing is epitomized by an infantile hand-play… [Gish's character] provides an undistorted counterpoint to Powell's diseased religiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 30, 2005
Laughton and cinematographer Stanley Cortez definitely create some very memorable imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 19, 2005
Half a century later, actor Charles sLaughton's only film as a director, is as still riveting, haunting, and impressive on any level. Like other masterpieces, it was both an artistic and commercial flop when initially released in 1955.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 21, 2005
One of the most legitimately scary thrillers ever made.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 21, 2004
Charles Laughton's only directorial effort is a work of inspired brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
May 10, 2003
One of the most subversive pictures of the '50s
| Original Score: 5/5
November 24, 2002
A juxtaposition of light and dark which can be as satisfying and inspirational as it is bleak and disturbing.
November 11, 2002
Very disturbing.
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
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