The Night of the Hunter - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Night of the Hunter Reviews

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August 30, 2002
Robert Mitchum is perfectly cast as the sinister reverend who's had 25 wives, done away with them all, and looking for the next widow that the good Lord will provide.
| Original Score: 4/5
August 26, 2002
At once poetically beautiful and terrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 21, 2002
One of the most chilling suspense films ever made, it's also the finest role of Robert Mitchum.
Read More | Original Score: A
March 8, 2002
As crude, direct, rattling, mystifying and exciting as American movies get.
December 14, 2001
Easily ranks among the greatest American films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 2, 2001
In the pantheon of great screen villains, none is quite so despicable as Harry Powell, the heavy-lidded serial-killer-turned-preacher played by Robert Mitchum in Charles Laughton's classic thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 6, 2001
A remarkably ambitious mix of realism and mysticism, terror and tenderness, stark tragedy and spiritual uplift.
October 23, 2001
Though purely homegrown, Hunter contains no social critique -- the issues are elemental, the morality biblical, the trials Homeric. In terms of cinematic texture, it's a hound from hell.
October 3, 2001
Any actor who wants to play a character with a touch of evil should study [Mitchum's] performance the way a rabbinical student studies the Torah.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 20, 2001
Charles Laughton's Night of the Hunter is the character actor's now-classic jab at godliness gone awry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 13, 2001
If you hear cineastes discussing the film in hushed tones, it's only because Mitchum and Laughton have conspired to get under our skins and tattoo their story on our bones.
January 1, 2000
One of the most frightening of movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
A unique, terrifying masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
The Night of the Hunter (1955) is a truly compelling and terrifying classic masterpiece thriller, and the only film ever directed by actor Charles Laughton
January 1, 2000
Laughton creates terrific tension between Mitchum and his prey, turning the preacher into a bloodthirsty wolf and Willa's children into tender lambs.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 8, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
February 13, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
February 11, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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