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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
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 26, 2002
At once poetically beautiful and terrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
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
Shawn Levy
March 8, 2002
As crude, direct, rattling, mystifying and exciting as American movies get.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 14, 2001
Easily ranks among the greatest American films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Adam Nayman
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
Stephen Farber
November 6, 2001
A remarkably ambitious mix of realism and mysticism, terror and tenderness, stark tragedy and spiritual uplift.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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.
Pete Croatto
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
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
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
Jim Ridley
Nashville Scene
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.
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
One of the most frightening of movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

TV Guide
January 1, 2000
A unique, terrifying masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
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
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 8, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 8, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 13, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
February 11, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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